Aug. 18–The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission unanimously approved an agreement with Frederica Development Group on Thursday for upgrades to the public sewer system on St. Simons Island.
Fulfilling the agreement would increase sewer capacity on the island’s north end and guarantee sewer tap-ins for the Frederica Township developer.
Another developer, SLF IV — Ga Sinclair, is working on improvements to a sewer pump station upstream from some upgrades Frederica Development wants to make to a sewer force main. As such, their projects will overlap and may require some cooperation, Charles Dorminy, the utility’s legal counsel, said.
Both upgrades are in the JWSC’s long-term master plan but not the five-year plan, Dorminy said.
Any amount Frederica spends on the project can be used as credit for future sewer tap-in fees. The JWSC will also reserve capacity for any tap-ins they secure, with no time limit.
The agreement will end in 10 years unless the developer puts money down on the project.
Another important part of the agreement is the sewer lift station Sinclair plans to improve.
Currently, the land the pump station sits on is owned by the developer, but part of the agreement is that Sinclair will transfer ownership at the JWSC’s request. Utility Commission Chairman Donald Elliot said they will likely do so soon.
Utility Commissioner Cornell Harvey, who is also Brunswick’s mayor, asked how a lift station ended up on private property.
The land was supposed to be dedicated to the JWSC when construction plans were approved, but the dedication never happened, Dorminy said.
The commission voted 5-0 to approve the agreement. Commissioners Mike Browning, also a Glynn County commissioner, and Cliff Adams were absent.
In other business, the commission voted to accept infrastructure and easements in the Canal Crossing Shopping Center development.
Canal Crossing contains a number of other developments that are separately owned from the primary commercial building, said Senior Engineer Todd Kline. They’re owned by corporations all around the country, and it took time to track them all down and secure agreements to take ownership of the water and sewer pipes serving the structures.
Kline said the utility was involved in laying the pipes, and that he’s sure it’s all up to JWSC standards.
The commission voted 5-0 to take ownership of the infrastructure.
Commissioners also voted to approve a utility easement encroachment agreement with Atlanta Gas Light to install a gas line to a private residence and to reimburse the city of Brunswick and close out the Mansfield Street water and sewer project.
The next regular meeting of the utility commission is scheduled for 2 p.m.Sept. 6 in the JWSC office, 1703 Gloucester St. in Brunswick.
(c)2018 The Brunswick News (Brunswick, Ga.)
Visit The Brunswick News (Brunswick, Ga.) at www.thebrunswicknews.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.