by Lisa Tome
There will be no changes on the board of the Bainbridge Development Corporation in the coming year.
With no fanfare, the election was held on December 15 and the current leadership will remain in place. Michael Pugh will remain the chair. Lisa Webb, from the county's Office of Economic Development, will serve as vice chair. Chick Hamm will serve as treasurer. Cynthia Rossetti is assistant secretary.
"Thank you for your trust. We'll try to to our best for you," said Pugh.
Donna Tapley will remain executive director. Toni Lozzi is the project coordinator. The board voted to give Tapley a $1,500 Christmas bonus and Lozzi $1,000.
In other business from the December 15 meeting:
• Pugh said that when it comes to litigation with the Navy, the BDC's "patience is wearing thin." He said that the Navy is responsible for cleaning up the site. "We are more prepared than ever for a legal course of action," said Pugh. He said that the BDC is in the middle of the process of negotiating with the Navy. He said he expects a resolution to this issue will come in the first quarter of 2015. "In one way or another, a decision point is coming in early 2015. Stay tuned," said Pugh.
• In the wake of the September 21, early morning fire at the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center and Tome School Memorial Hall, decisions are pending. It was reported that the investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal delayed the structural analysis of the property. What is known is that the building's cupola was destroyed. The collapse of the roof caused damage to the masonry walls. "Depending upon the weather, without immediate stopgap measures (the condition) could deteriorate more," said Pugh. The wake of the fire has also exacerbated a problem which already existed - trespassers on the 1,200 acres at Bainbridge. It was reiterated that unauthorized entrance to the property is prohibited. The final report on Memorial Hall will be ready by January or February.
• Board members will continue to review the revisions to the BDC by laws. They will be reviewed in January.