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Commissioners discuss LCDA wastewater plant
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Bryan County Commissioners discussed the impact a proposed Liberty County wastewater plant would have on Bryan County during the commission’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

Glen Willard, 3rd District representative said he has been contacted by a lot of people in his district and is trying to get more information.

"I’m totally opposed to it, and I’m going to see what we can do about it from our stand point in my district," Willard said.

Board Chairman Jimmy Burnsed said he has been following the issue closely.

"I’ve asked Liberty County to come to a meeting with Bryan County citizens about the project to answer questions and concerns and have requested to be put on an email list regarding future meetings," Burnsed told the board Tuesday.

Though Liberty County Development Authority Director Ron Tolley said the plant to be located near the Target distribution center east of Midway posses no threat, a number of Bryan County residents disagree and are opposed to it.

Among the most vocal critics has been Richmond Hill resident Roy Hubbard, who claims the wastewater facility could devastate the marshlands and harm sea life along the local coast.

Environmental Engineer with Georgia Environmental Protection Division Scott Southwick said there would be a discharge from the proposed facility, but not in amounts that could have a negative impact on the ecosystems in Bryan and Liberty Counties.

"The maximum discharge projected for the Liberty County facility is three million gallons per day," Southwick said.

In comparison, Savannah’s treatment center discharges 20 million gallons per day.

A public hearing is expected, though a date has not been announced.

In other business:

- Commissioners gave the go ahead to begin looking into right of ways and easements for a pedestrian and bike path linking Black Creek Golf Community to Hendrix Park recreational facilities.

Exiting Commissioner Ed Bacon said he wanted to do something for the district before leaving office.

"I feel this area is going to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years. It’s already started, and it’s hard for the kids to walk through there with the traffic," Bacon said.

Representative Rick Gardner said the path would be similar to the Oxford and Strathy Hall path(s) in Richmond Hill, "so families can walk the road and get to the park in safety."

The path is estimated to cost around $200,000, would be 8 ft wide. Bacon made motion to move forward and establish the path from the Post Office at Hwy. 280 to Hendrix Park, and the vote carried unanimously.

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