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Countywide planning workshop starts
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Liberty County's leaders -- official and unofficial -- are heading for the annual communitywide planning workshop today to improve delivery of government services to citizens.  
More than 100 people have registered for the three-day event at Jekyll Island. Discussions will include updating the county's comprehensive plan required by the state Department of Community Affairs.
The group will include Commission Chairman John McIver and the mayors of many municipalities and other elected officials, such as state Rep. Al Williams wearing two hats: as a state House member as well as a member of the Liberty County Development Authority.
A Fort Stewart contingent will be headed by Deputy Garrison Commander Paul Andreshak and Liberty Regional Medical Center will be included along with the Frasier Center, the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, Savannah Technical College, Armstrong Atlantic State University and other agencies.
McIver said, "This year's workshop is critical to the county as whole.
"There must be no confusion . . . We want to provide the highest quality service at the lowest cost to the taxpayer."
Sonny Timmerman, director of the LCPC, has listed some areas of special attention for the workshop: infrastructure and facilities, water and sewer, transportation, parks and recreation, public heath, education and hospital care.
The LCPC and the state Department of Community Affairs will lead this year's session.
One speaker will be DCA's Adrienne Wood, project manager for the Coastal Comprehensive Plan. Part of that plan's development was a survey in which most respondents indicated that they preferred that the Georgia coast remain rural and undeveloped.
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