Board Meeting: August 28, 2023 @ 4:00 PM
PERSONS PRESENT: Eric Wilmarth, Barry Mansell, Lisa Woodruff, Nancy Martin, Becky Dabbs, John Workman, Tom Heard, Dwayne Fowler, David Kubala, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Jennifer Arp, Garry Hensley, Greg Long, Keith Allen, Mark Cochran, Jamie Veley, Mike Venters, Joey Buice, Eric Wright, Bryan Watkins, Shayne Fowler, Ryan Sarks, Melanie Stephens, Melissa Darvish, Jeff Hooper, and Sharon Clark.
Member Harry Johnston was not present at the meeting.
Eric Wilmarth, Chair, called the meeting to order.
1. AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY BARRY MANSELL, FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
2. DARRELL CAUDILL REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM KEVIN YORK, STATE RIGHT OF WAY ADMINISTRATOR FOR GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. In this correspondence, Mr. York noted the Department is in the process of purchasing property to improve the SR 20 roadway. In order to make this project possible, 0.241 acres of CCWSA’s property will need to be acquire in fee. This is more particularly shown on the plat attached to the option with this correspondence. Parcel 126, P.I.#0014132, County: Cherokee (ATTACHED).
Mr. York further noted in his correspondence that CCWSA’s property has been valued by qualified appraisers who, after careful consideration, have found the Fair Market Value of the property and/or rights to be purchased, and damages to the remainder, if any, to be $62,000.00. Mr. York noted that the form entitled “Summary Statement Basis for Just and Adequate Compensation” separates certain elements comprising the above-listed value.
Mr. York further noted in his correspondence that G-DOT’s Right of Way Specialist, Pat Jordan, is authorized to explain this issue and discuss the full effect of the purchase and CCWSA’s rights as provided by law. Ms. Jordan will also provide CCWSA with a brochure which comprehensively outlines the procedures used in purchasing rights of way.
Mr. York further noted that if CCWSA will agree to the terms expressed herein by signing the “Option for Right of Way” document and returning it to the Right of Way Specialist, it will be promptly submitted for closing and payment.
MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO AUTHORIZE TOM HEARD TO EXECUTE THE “OPTION FOR RIGHT OF WAY” DOCUMENT AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.
3. MOTION BY JOHN WORKMAN AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE 7/31/23 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.
4. BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $2,661,296.00 above budget projections for the period ending 6/30/23. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,869,456.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $10,350,685.00 for the period ending 6/30/23.
5. MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2023 BUDGET AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.
6. MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2024 AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.
7. CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 23.003 MGD for the month of July 2023 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility. Mr. Blackwell reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft. Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 60.15” for the past twelve months.
8. MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 2.5 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.7 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.1 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.260 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.
9. JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT. Mrs. Arp noted that no spills or overflows occurred during this reporting period.
10. GARRY HENSLEY PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Hensley noted that work is on-going on Old Vandiver Road and Ficklen Church Way.
11. TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. Mr. Heard noted that Wesley Banks would send information to the Board regarding board ethics registration in November.
Mr. Heard noted that the Executive Group will be meeting with the EPD on 9/11/23 regarding future water supply.
12. MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO ADJOURN. All members present voted for the motion.