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The new classroom building will face inward to the GA campus with the back on Monck St. The Wood Gym is to the left of the building and the wall to the right front of the building is the service yard wall for the new kitchen/cafeteria building. Rendering courtesy John A. Tuten & Associates
Contractor chosen for new Glynn Academy classroom and cafeteria buildings
by Pamela Permar Shierling

The Glynn County Board of Education (BOE) held a special called meeting Tuesday, August 19 to select a construction manager for construction of the new Glynn Academy classroom building and new Glynn Academy kitchen/cafeteria building.
The BOE awarded the bid to Elkins Construction (Savannah and Jacksonville). Elkins was the general contractor for the new Brunswick High School (BHS).
According to architect John Tuten no local companies responded to the Request for Proposal.
Tuten said that Elkins would be required to break out the percentage of local contractors used just as they had done for BHS construction.
The construction contract for the two buildings is estimated at $9.5 million. This does not include architect or engineering fees or site work. The total contract for the two buildings per the Glynn Academy master plan is $11.7 million.
Tuten said Elkins’ guaranteed maximum price would be presented to the board once the subcontractors are in place.

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County considers options to fund energy program By Matthew J. Permar

After receiving a thick and very detailed audit document about their energy use, the Glynn County Commission is now looking for ways to fund the recommended changes.
Several months ago, the commission hired Ameresco, Inc., an independent energy services company out of Framingham, Massachusetts to perform an energy audit in all county owned buildings.
The audit looked at lighting systems, HV/AC, plumbing and water systems.
“It’s a comprehensive analysis of all our energy usage, electric, water, gas, all of it, in all buildings,” said County Administrator Alan Ours last week after the audit was discussed at the August 19 commission work session.
The audit result is the county needs to invest $7.2 million to replace old energy systems with up to date equipment and technology.
“How do we pay, is the question,” said Ours.

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City hears from another consultant by Pamela Permar Shierling

In an unusual departure from standard meeting procedure last week the Brunswick City Commission listed consultant Alphonso Whitfield, owner of Vital, Inc., on both the agenda for the 5:00 pm work session as well as the agenda for the regular meeting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 20.
Usually the commission hears from consultants during work session meetings. If they decide to take action, such as approving a contract with the consultant, that item is placed on an agenda for consideration  during a future regular meeting.
According to City Manager Bill Weeks, Whitfield had made a broad presentation to the Commission at a planning meeting several months ago.
Weeks said he told Whitfield to narrow the scope of the presentation and be more specific about what he was offering to do for the city.
In last Wednesday’s work session presentation Whitfield talked about government technology system programming, consulting and technology, document management and compliance.
He mentioned a 200 course training platform, internet connectivity and fiber optic development.
He said his company would use applied technology to community development plans as well as specific business plans for each city department.
“We will create internal compliance indicators, interact with staff, produce periodic reports and updates,” he said.
“We will stay engaged with the city,” he said.

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JWSC seeks to share cost of USGS study • Study funds approved on 5-2 vote By Matthew J. Permar

For the entire seven years of its existence, the Brunswick Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) has been the sole source of local funding for the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) water quality study and monitoring program in Brunswick.
The joint utility organization is now looking to the major, local water users, who used to share in the funding, to again help with the $239,000 cost. This is down from last year’s cost of  $256,000.
The USGS will pay $110,000, leaving a local share of $129,000.
The study monitors and keeps track of the salt water intrusion, or plume, that crept into the Floridan Aquifer, the county’s water source, back in the 1950’s. The chloride contamination has spread into an approximately 2 square mile area under Brunswick and can render drinking water wells unusable as in the case of the city’s Perry Park well.
The USGS is closely monitoring three city wells at Brunswick Villa, Goodyear Park and Coffin Park that have high chlorine levels.
On Tuesday, August 19 JWSC Director Steve Swan invited representatives from a number of major local water users to a meeting to discuss the USGS study.
Along with the USGS, Entities that were included were: Glynn County, Jekyll Island Authority, City of Brunswick, Rich Seafood, Georgia Ports Authority, King and Prince Seafood, Southeast Georgia Health System, private well system operator Woodrow Sapp, Georgia Pacific and Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources.
Many of these entities were once part of the now defunct Water Resources Management Advisory Committee (WRMAC).

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