H2GO board looks to change wording to December gag order

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) –  On December 4th, H2GO board members voted to prohibit media requests for comment from the utility from any employee other than then-commissioner, Jeff Gerken. When commissioners met for their monthly meeting in February, one commissioner challenge that gag order.

The order read:

“Do not discuss, or allow other staff to discuss, any matters of the sanitary district with the media, and to direct all media inquiries regarding Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO to Commissioner Jeff Gerken.”
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Commissioner Rodney McCoy asked that the wording be changed. He says since the order was made, employees have felt constricted to talk to anyone publicly.

The board decided to work on re-wording except for topics on the transfer to Belville or the pending lawsuit. Commissioner Trudy Trombley drafted a motion for changing the wording, but Chairman Gerken and McCoy agreed to table it and draft a change to bring up at the next meeting.

“I did not think about editing it myself, but I look forward to putting pen to paper,” said McCoy. “And I’d like to get something written so that it will protect H2GO as far as litigation portion is concerned, but I also want to have the employees feel free to do their job.”



That meeting is set for March 20th. Prior to that, board members are expected to meet with Brunswick county leaders to talk about the water quality results from the county’s new small-scale reverse osmosis system.