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Board pursues 'agreement' with Screven textiles plant

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POSTED: September 14, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Bryan County has an “agreement” in the works regarding King America Finishing. But county officials so far aren’t saying whether it will amount to a settlement of claims for damage to the Ogeechee River.
The largest fish kill in the known history of the Ogeechee occurred in May 2011 downstream from KAF’s fabric treatment plant in Screven County. This July, the Bryan County Board of Commissioners followed Effingham County in asking Savannah law firm Oliver Maner to investigate whether the counties themselves could sue KAF.
The matter appeared on the agenda for Tuesday’s regular Bryan County commissioners meeting as “closed session — King America Finishing lawsuit.”
Chairman Jimmy Burnsed asked for adjournment of the regular session for commissioners to meet with the attorney present. In the absence of County Attorney John Harvey, his law partner, Mark Hendrix, was there.
The commissioners’ behind-the-scenes meeting with Hendrix lasted less than five minutes. After returning to open session, Commissioner Steve Myers made a motion to “accept the agreement we discussed, with King America Finishing.” This was seconded by Commissioner Carter Infinger and unanimously approved.

Read full story in Sept. 14 issue of the Bryan County News. 



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