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Limestone plans to replace member of water board

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — The Limestone County Commission plans to replace a man who has served nearly 20 years on the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority Board.

In January 2005, the commission asked board members to resign after public outcry over thousands of dollars in bonuses the board gave its employees and then-manager.

Board Chairman Bobby Gilbert was one who refused to resign. His term ends March 1, and commissioners said Wednesday that they plan to vote Tuesday to replace him with Paul Wilson, a Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant employee. When Gilbert refused to resign two years ago, he said he tried to be a good steward and the bonuses were a reward for an excellent job.

Commission Chairman David Seibert and District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer would not say the past squabble led to the new appointment. Wilson is Latimer's appointment.

"Mr. Gilbert has done a wonderful job, but it's nice to have a change," Seibert said.

Latimer said Wilson, who lives on Cox Road, works outages and in construction for Browns Ferry. He said Wilson is a "community-minded guy."

Wilson's term starts March 1 and ends Feb. 28, 2013.

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