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LCPC moves to new office
Growth partnership needs space
Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Executive Director Sonny Timmerman works in his new office in organizations's North Main Street building. - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission recently opened a new office on North Main Street as the Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership readies to take action.  
Zoning, planning, engineering and inspections is still in the office on East Court Street, according to LCPC Executive Director Sonny Timmerman.
Only he and administrative assistant Donna Shives currently work in the new office, but two positions have been created to help steer the organization, aiming to help local governments cope with the influx of troops to Fort Stewart.
The new positions include a director, to lead operations, and an assistant.
“So we had no room where we were,” Timmerman said, mentioning that the Main Street office would be just enough to hold those four personnel.
The new positions are to be 90 percent federally funded, according to Timmerman, by a grant from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment the county received in November.
Timmerman said the office has received 20 to 30 applications so far, “which is good.”
And nine review teams have submitted proposals to be the partnership’s consultant.
Factoring in interviews and a formal selection process, he hopes the positions will be filled by March 1.
Partnership participants include all the governments in Liberty, Long, Bryan and Tattnall counties.
Officials will meet to discuss the thousands of soldiers set to start arriving next year. Cities will learn how to position themselves to provide the most to meet its different needs.
 “A lot of things we’ll be looking at (are) to see what those impacts are,” Timmerman said, mentioning housing, schools and transportation.
Besides the central location for contractors, he added the new location may be used as a public outreach information center.  

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