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Water Treatment Facility Receives Top Honors

The Etowah River Water Treatment Facility was recognized by the Georgia Association Of Water Professionals by receiving the Platinum Award for complete and consistent Safe Water Drinking Act permit compliance in 2023.  This is the 9th consecutive year that CCWSA has received this award.  GAWP also recognized Water Plant Operator, Ricky Brown, as the Top Operator for District 1.  The staff at the Water Treatment Facility work very hard to provide the citizens of Cherokee County with good quality water.  CCWSA is very proud of it’s staff and their effort to keep things running efficiently!  Way to go team!!   2023 GAWP Platinum Award

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Wastewater Facilities Awarded By GAWP

CCWSA’s Wastewater Facilities were recently recognized by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) for complete and consistent National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance for 2023.  Each facility received honors for exceptional operations.  CCWSA appreciates it’s staff for keeping things top-notch!  Good job!

Planned Water Outage Notice

DATE: 05/13/2024

TIME WATER OFF: 11:00 AM (Planned Outage)

TIME WATER ON:  1:30 PM

AREA OF OUTAGE:    Arthur Drive ~ 653 Arthur Drive – 756 Arthur Drive.  This will affect the Lakeview Subdivision (Johnson Drive, Brittany Drive, Mason Drive, Sharon Drive, Carmon Drive, Marsha Drive & Wanda Avenue).

REASON FOR OUTAGE:  Install Water Main Valve

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS AFFECTED:  110+/-

ESTIMATED DURATION OF OUTAGE:  6 Hours

HYDRANTS AFFECTED: Yes

CCWSA Technicians are diligently working to restore water service as quickly as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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What is Drinking Water Week?

For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Drinking Water Week is May 5-11, 2024

Upcoming Events:

    • May 8th (Wednesday)  –
      • 11:00am – 1:00pm – R.T. Jones Library – 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy Canton –
        An informational program on what the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is and the valuable information it contains.
      • 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Barrel House Coffee at 275 Gilmer Ferry Rd, Ste 5, Ball Ground –
        Get all the details on our Annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) and how we provide high quality drinking water to Cherokee County residents.
    • May 7th (Tuesday), May 8th (Wednesday), and May 9th (Thursday) –
      • 10:00am or 2:00pm – Etowah Water Treatment Plant Tours –
        Tours will last 1 – 1 1/2 hours.  You must register by Monday, May 6, 2024 to attend a tour.  There is a 25 person maximum per group so be sure to register early to secure your spot!  Contact Lori Forrester to register.
    • Now through May 10, 2024 –
      • Coloring Contest –
        • Cherokee County students in grades K – 3rd are eligible for the contest.  One or more lucky winners will be selected to win a $10 Ice Cream Gift Card!  All coloring sheet entries must be received by May 10, 2024.  Coloring sheets can be submitted at the CCWSA Main Office – 140 W. Main St. in Canton.  If you have a large number of entries, a pickup can be arranged by contacting Lori Forrester.  The student’s name, grade and contact information (or teacher), must be included on the back of the coloring sheet.  Click here to download the 2024 Drinking Water Week Coloring Sheet.  Good luck to all Cherokee County Students!!

CCWSA celebrates Drinking Water Week!

Education Updates

Imagine A Day Without Water

Congratulations to E.T. Booth MS student Mikaela Charles for winning the Imagine a Day Without Water story contest! The story was unique, full of emotion and adventure that kept the reader engaged all the way through to the end.

Edu Up - Mikaela Charles 120

Rivers Alive Cleanups

We had a great Rivers Alive cleanup season with the Allatoona Lake, Ball Ground Creek, Etowah River and Little River Cleanup! Help us continue to keep our community clean by participating in the Keep Cherokee Beautiful and Lake Allatoona Warriors cleanups throughout the year.

Edu Up - Group 1237

Storm Drain Making

We marked 80 storm drains in Edgewater thanks to our incredible volunteers. Thank you for another great event partnering with City of Holly Spring stormwater.

Edu Up - Stormdrain HS 069

Fish ID Class

Learning about fish classification in an outdoor classroom is the best! Thank you to our GA AAS group Ball Ground Streamers for continuing to learn more.

Edu Up - Fish ID Class 152
Edu Up - Christmas Tree HDR1

Festival of Trees

As part of “Be the Source” we participated in the Festival of Trees with Sequoyah Regional Library. See out “Be the Source” and Water Conservation tree.

Edu Up - Christmas Tree 1712

Board Meeting: August 30, 2021 ~ 4:00 P.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Becky Dabbs, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Corey Ghorley, Joey Buice, Garry Hensley, Mark Cochran, Melanie Stephens, Gaye Blackwell, Jennifer Arp, Greg Long, Jamie Veley, Ryan Sarks, Eric Wright, Sharon Clark, and Jeff Hooper.

Member Lisa Woodruff was not present at the meeting.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY ERIC WILMARTH, FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

2.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF CONTRACT AMENDMENT #2 FROM BROWN & CALDWELL ENGINEEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,610.00 FOR MATERIALS TESTING SERVICES FOR THE ODOR CONTROL AT ROSE CREEK PHASE 3 PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted this would be an increase in the current contract amount of $250,809.00.  Mr. Ghorley noted a revised contract amount of $252,419.00.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE CONTRACT AMENDMENT #2 FROM BROWN & CALDWELL ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,610.00 FOR MATERIALS TESTING SERVICES FOR THE ODOR CONTROL AT ROSE CREEK PHASE 3 PROJECT.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   DWAYNE FOWLER REQUESTED APPROVAL TO BID AND SET A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET FOR PI#0014131 FOR THE WIDENING OF SR 20 FROM CR 281/SCOTT ROAD TO CR 762/UNION HILL ROAD.  MR. FOWLER NOTED AN ENGINEERING ESTIMATED COST OF $5,257,985.00.  Mr. Fowler noted that this amount includes $419,070.00 that was Board approved in February 2021 (Contract Item Agreement).

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE REQUEST TO BID AND SET A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET FOR PI#0014131 FOR THE WIDENING OF SR 20 FROM CR 281/SCOTT ROAD TO CR 762/UNION HILL ROAD IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,257,985.00, WHICH INCLUDES $419,070.00 THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY THE BOARD AT THE 2/22/21 BOARD MEETING.  All members present voted for the motion.

4.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 7/26/21 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS AMENDED.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,584,066.00 above budget projections for the period ending 6/30/21.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,519,230.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $9,479,043.00 for the period ending 6/30/21.

6.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022 (ATTACHED).

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022 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 19.080 MGD for the month of July 2021 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell noted that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft., and reported a cumulative rainfall total of 64.53” for the past twelve months.

8.   JAMIE VELEY PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 2.6 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.2 MG.

Mr. Veley noted that one permit violation occurred at Rose Creek during the month of February 2021 due to the effluent chlorine residual exceeding the daily maximum of .40 residual for one day during transition to new permit limits. A fine in the amount of $400.00 was paid to the EPD for the infraction.

Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 5.3 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.270 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

9.   JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp noted that a wastewater spill occurred during this reporting period at Farmbrook Pass.  Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 3,140 gallons were spilled due to flushable wipes.  Mrs. Arp noted that Authority crews jetted and cleaned the lines.

10.    DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  Mr. Fowler noted that field engineering is currently being conducted on the bridge project off Transart Parkway.  Mr. Fowler noted that he will present revised cost estimates at next month’s meeting.

11.    ERIC WILMARTH EXITED THE MEETING DUE TO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA BEING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY OF BALL GROUND AND MR. WILMARTH’S POSITION AS CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND.

12.    TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  MR. HEARD REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM ERIC WILMARTH, CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND.  In the correspondence received from Mr. Wilmarth, Mr. Wilmarth noted that the City of Ball Ground is requesting that CCWSA reserve an additional 60,000 gallons per day of water capacity for wholesale purchase by the City of Ball Ground.

In this correspondence, Mr. Wilmarth further noted that the City requests that the entire 60,000 gallons be allocated to the Leo Taylor Lane meter location on Ball Ground Highway.  It is the City’s understanding, under the current rate structure, that the cost of this capacity reservation is $2.50 per gallon or $150,000.00 for the entire request.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND FOR CCWSA TO RESERVE AN ADDITIONAL 60,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF WATER CAPACITY FOR WHOLESALE PURCHASE BY THE CITY OF BALL GROUND AT A COST OF $150,000.00.  THE ENTIRE 60,000 GALLONS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE LEO TAYLOR LANE METER LOCATION ON BALL GROUND HIGHWAY.  All members present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ADJOURN.  All members present voted for the motion.

Board Meeting: July 26, 2021 ~9:00 A.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Becky Dabbs, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Tom Roach, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Joey Buice, Jamie Veley, Mark Cochran, Jennifer Arp, Clint Blackwell, Garry Hensley, Ryan Sarks, Rodney Satterfield, Jeff Hooper, and Eric Wright.

Member Harry Johnston attended via phone, but did not participate in voting.

Gary Winchester, 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.   GARY WINCHESTER NOTED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS.

Tom Roach opened the floor for nominations for Chair of the CCWSA Board of Directors.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO NOMINATE GARY WINCHESTER AS CHAIR.  All member present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO CLOSE NOMINATIONS AND RE-ELECT GARY WINCHESTER AS CHAIR OF THE CCWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  All members present voted for the motion.

Chair-Elect Gary Winchester opened the floor for nominations for Vice-Chair of the CCWSA Board of Directors.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO NOMINATE ERIC WILMARTH AS VICE-CHAIR.  All members present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO CLOSE NOMINATIONS AND RE-ELECT ERIC WILMARTH AS VICE-CHAIR OF THE CCWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  All members present voted for the motion.

Gary Winchester opened the floor for nominations for Secretary of the CCWSA Board of Directors.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO NOMINATE LISA WOODRUFF AS SECRETARY OF THE CCWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  All members present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO CLOSE NOMINATIONS AND ELECT LISA WOODRUFF AS SECRETARY OF THE CCWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY PRESENTED A REQUEST TO INCREASE THE ENGINEERING SERVICES CONTRACT AMOUNT FOR PRECISION PLANNING, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,150.00 TO COVER REIMBURSABLE DIRECT EXPENSES AND PERMITTING FEES FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX.  Mr. Ghorley noted an original contract amount of $170,000.00 and a revised contract amount of $179,150.00.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE INCREASE IN THE ENGINEERING SERVICES CONTRACT AMOUNT FOR PRECISION PLANNING, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,150.00 TO COVER

REIMBURSABLE DIRECT EXPENSES AND PERMITTING FEES FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX.  All members present voted for the motion.

4.   GARY WINCHESTER REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ITEM FROM THE 6/28/21 BOARD MEETING:

1)   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM BENJAMIN VAN WATERS OF ATWELL, LLC FOR INSTALLATION OF A LIFT STATION FOR THE PROPOSED BRIDGETOWN SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT.  Mr. Fowler referenced correspondence received from Mr. Van Waters in which Mr. Van Waters noted that he has attached the overall utility plan with the lift station location shown (ATTACHED).  Mr. Van Waters noted it has a paved access with a pad and design per CCWSA standards.

In this correspondence, Mr. Van Waters noted that he is proposing to use the lift station to bring the sanitary sewer flow up to just outside the right-of-way of Knox Bridge Hwy. (GA-20).  Then it will gravity flow across GA-20 into the sanitary manhole in the cul-de-sac.  Mr. Van Waters noted that his firm has looked at a gravity design for this subdivision.  However, it will bypass approximately 32 lots of the 104 lots and be approximately 40’ deep.  Mr. Van Waters noted that his firm has also conducted a geotechnical seismic investigation and found rock on-site as shallow as 10’-15’ deep.  Due to these constraints, a gravity sanitary service design is not feasible.

Mr. Van Waters provided the following information:
Bridgetown Address:  7351 Knox Bridge Highway, Canton, GA 30114
TIN:  14N12 015, 14N12 016A, 14N12 016B, 14N12 016C
PIN:  14-0056-0070, 14-0056-0120, 14-0056-0078, 14-0056-0114

Mr. Fowler noted that staff recommends approval of this request.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF BENJAMIN VAN WATERS OF ATWELL, LLC FOR INSTALLATION OF A LIFT STATION FOR THE PROPOSED BRIDGETOWN SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 6/28/21 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

6.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $731,222.00 above budget projections for the period ending 5/31/21.  Mrs. Jones also noted that total operating expenses are approximately $1,448,694.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $7,705,515.00 for the period ending 5/31/21.

7.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 19.656 MGD for the month of June 2021 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 59.11” for the past twelve months.

8.   JAMIE VELEY PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 2.7 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 1.9 MG.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 5.0 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.250 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

9.   JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp reported that no spills or overflows occurred during this reporting period.

10.    DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A NOTICE TO PROCEED ON THE HWY. 20 ROAD WIDENING PROJECT FROM SCOTT ROAD TO UNION HILL ROAD, REFERRED TO AS GDOT PI NO. 0014131, CHEROKEE COUNTY.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT, AT THE 2/22/21 BOARD MEETING, THE BOARD APPROVED A STANDARD UTILITY AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE TO REMOVE THE ASBESTOS LINES AND ANY POTENTIAL CONFLICTING LINES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF WORK OF PI NO. 0014131.  THIS WILL INCLUDE A ONE-TIME UP-FRONT PAYMENT BY THE AUTHORITY OF $419,070.00 ONCE THE PROJECT IS RELEASED.  THIS PI PROJECT HAS A LET DATE IN LATE AUGUST, AND MR. FOWLER IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO OBTAIN UPDATED COST ESTIMATES.

11.    DWAYNE FOWLER REPORTED THAT THE COUNTY HAS GIVEN THE AUTHORITY NOTICE TO PROCEED ON THE BRIDGE PROJECT OFF TRANSART PARKWAY. Mr. Fowler noted that he will present revised cost estimates at next month’s meeting.

12.    DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE SOUTH HOLLY SPRINGS 24” WATER MAIN PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE.

13.    TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.

14.    MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO AUTHORIZE GARY WINCHESTER, TOM HEARD, AND TOM ROACH TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CITY OF CANTON FOR A PERIOD OF NO MORE THAN SIXTY (60) DAYS TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS A WAY TO RESOLVE THE CITY OF CANTON’S DESIRES IN TERMS OF CCWSA’S FOUR PROPERTIES IN DOWNTOWN CANTON, AS WELL AS THEIR DESIRES FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR POTABLE WATER.  All members present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO ADJOURN.  All members present voted for the motion.

Board Meeting: June 28, 2021 ~4:00 P.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Doug Dabbs, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Garry Hensley, Tom Roach, Wesley Banks, Joey Buice, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Mike Venters, Mark Cochran, Greg Long, Rodney Satterfield, Melanie Stephens, Gaye Blackwell, Ryan Sarks, and Eric Wright.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY DOUG DABBS, FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

2.   MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO APPOINT FIRST TRYON ADVISORS AS THE AUTHORITY’S FINANCIAL ADVISORS.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM GEO-HYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $58,427.40 FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING AND SPECIAL INSPECTION SERVICES FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WPCP EXPANSION TO 11.75 MGD.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL OF GEO-HYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $58,427.40 FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING AND SPECIAL INSPECTION SERVICES FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WPCP EXPANSION TO 11.75 MGD.  All members present voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID RECEIVED FROM HEAVY CONSTRUCTORS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,478,000.00 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLATE SETTLER AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT/PHASE 1.  Mr. Ghorley noted that seven bids were received for this scope of work, and noted that this item is listed as Item #3 under Asset Replacement on the Authority’s current CIP.  Mr. Ghorley noted the construction budget of $1,671,973.00 was approved by the Board in March 2021.
MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF HEAVY CONSTRUCTORS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,478,000.00 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLATE SETTLER AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT/PHASE 1.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   GARRY HENSLEY PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM ROBYN SMITH OF THE CITY OF WALESKA TO RESERVE AN ADDITIONAL 100,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF WATER CAPACITY AT A COST OF $250,000.00.  PENDING APPROVAL, THE CITY WILL RELOCATE THEIR METER THAT IS CURRENTLY LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF WORLEY ROAD AND LOWER BURRIS ROAD.  THE METER WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE INTERSECTION OF FATE CONN ROAD AND LOWER BURRIS ROAD.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF THE CITY OF WALESKA TO RESERVE AND ADDITIONAL 100,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF WATER CAPACITY AT A COST OF $250,000.00.  THE CITY WILL RELOCATE THEIR EXISTING METER CURRENTLY LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF WORLEY ROAD AND LOWER BURRIS ROAD, AND WILL MOVE IT TO THE INTERSECTION OF FATE CONN ROAD AND LOWER BURRIS ROAD.  All members present voted for the motion.

6.   ERIC WILMARTH ENTERED THE MEETING.

7.   GARRY HENSLEY PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM BENJAMIN VAN WATERS OF ATWELL, LLC FOR INSTALLATION OF A LIFT STATION FOR THE PROPOSED BRIDGETOWN SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT.  Mr. Hensley referenced correspondence received from Mr. Van Waters in which Mr. Van Waters noted that he has attached the overall utility plan with the lift station location shown (ATTACHED).  Mr. Van Waters noted it has a paved access with a pad and design per CCWSA standards.

In this correspondence, Mr. Van Waters noted that he is proposing to use the lift station to bring the sanitary sewer flow up to just outside the right-of-way of Knox Bridge Hwy. (GA-20).  Then it will gravity flow across GA-20 into the sanitary manhole in the cul-de-sac.  Mr. Van Waters noted that his firm has looked at a gravity design for this subdivision.  However, it will bypass approximately 32 lots of the 104 lots and be approximately 40’ deep.  Mr. Van Waters noted that his firm has also conducted a geotechnical seismic investigation and found rock on-site as shallow as 10’-15’ deep.  Due to these constraints, a gravity sanitary service design is not feasible.

Mr. Van Waters provided the following information:

Bridgetown Address:  7351 Knox Bridge Highway, Canton, GA 30114

TIN:  14N12 015, 14N12 016A, 14N12 016B, 14N12 016C

PIN:  14-0056-0070, 14-0056-0120, 14-0056-0078, 14-0056-0114

Garry Hensley noted this is the first reading of this issue.

8.   GARY WINCHESTER REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ITEM FROM THE 5/24/21 BOARD MEETING:

1)   TOM ROACH REPORTED THAT GEORGIA POWER HAS WITHDRAWN THEIR REQUEST TO TRIM TREES ON CCWSA’S WELL SITE PROPERTY.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO REMOVE THIS ITEM FROM THE AGENDA.  All members voted for the motion.

9.   MOTION BY HARRY JOHNSTON AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 5/24/21 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

10.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $328,014.00 under budget for the period ending 4/30/21.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,169,909.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $5,735,489.00 for the period ending 4/30/21.

11.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 20.291 MGD for the month of May 2021 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell noted that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.1 ft., and reported a cumulative rainfall total of 57.30” for the past twelve months.

12.   MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 2.9 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.6 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.0 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.280 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

13.   DAVID KUBALA PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF JENNIFER ARP.  Mr. Kubala noted that no spills or overflows occurred during this reporting period.

14.   GARRY HENSLEY PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF DWAYNE FOWLER.  Mr. Hensley noted that Authority crews have completed work on the tie-in on the 8” main for the bridge project at Transart Parkway, and noted that work is on-going for the South Holly Springs Road project.

15.    TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.

16.   MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING A PERSONNEL ITEM.  All members voted for the motion.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION.  All members voted for the motion.

17.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE “VERSION C” OF THE CCWSA ORGANIZATIONAL CHART, AS PRESENTED BY THE AUTHORITY’S GENERAL MANAGER.  All members voted for the motion.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ADJOURN.  All members voted for the motion.

Board Meeting: May 24, 2021 ~ 9:00 A.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Doug Dabbs, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Tom Roach, Wesley Banks, Joey Buice, Mark Cochran, Mike Venters, Leo Baker, Jennifer Arp, Joey Geers, Jamie Veley, Chandler Hamby, Tyler West, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Gaye Blackwell, Greg Long, Eric Wright, Melanie Stephens, Ryan Sarks, Jeff Hooper, Garry Hensley, Rodney Satterfield, and Mike Thomas.

Gary Winchester, 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.   MIKE THOMAS OF THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS TO THE AUTHORITY:

·         Etowah River Water Treatment Facility:  Plant of the Year Award

·         Etowah River Water Treatment Facility:  Platinum Award

·         Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant:  Water Reclamation Facility of the Year Award

·         Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant:  Gold Award

·         Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant:  Platinum Award

·         Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant:  Platinum Award

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $210,000.00 TO COMPLETE THE CCWSA NORTH SHOP COMPLEX.  Mr. Ghorley noted costs will cover septic system, site grading and landscaping, erosion control structures, on-site water utilities (completed by CCWSA Construction Dept.), office furniture and appliances, IT equipment, and an automatic gate control system.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $210,000.00 TO COMPLETE THE CCWSA NORTH SHOP COMPLEX.  All members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED 2022 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING (ATTACHED).

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 2022 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   DWAYNE FOWLER REPORTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM ELEVEN RESIDENTS OF FLATBOTTOM ROAD AND ETOWAH DOWNS COURT.  Mr. Fowler noted that the proposed line extension is from the Rambo Lane and Turkey Creek Drive area south/southwest to Flatbottom Road and along Etowah Downs Court to the cul-de-sac.  Mr. Fowler noted that the total footage of the extension is approximately 4,816 feet, and the estimated line size is 3” PVC.  The estimated task cost of the line is $28,896.00.  Mr. Fowler noted that the Authority would realize tap fees in the approximate amount of $18,700.00 from this scope of work, and noted that there are 21 potential connections in the extension area.

Mr. Fowler stated that the petitioners have noted that they currently use well water to meet their water needs, and these wells contain a high iron and mineral load, and some are under the influence of surface water and contain detectable levels of E. coli.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 4,816 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE FLATBOTTOM ROAD/ETOWAH DOWNS COURT AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $28,896.00.  All members voted for the motion.

6.   GARY WINCHESTER REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ITEM FROM THE 4/26/21 BOARD MEETING:

1)   JEFF HOOPER REQUESTED THAT THE BOARD TABLE THE REQUEST BY GEORGIA POWER TO TRIM TREES ON CCWSA’S WELL SITE PROPERTY UNTIL NEXT MONTH’S MEETING.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO TABLE THIS ITEM UNTIL NEXT MONTH’S MEETING.  All members voted for the motion.

7.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 4/26/21 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

8.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,731,796.00 below budget projections for the period ending 3/31/21.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,137,136.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $3,644,824.00 for the period ending 3/31/21.

9.   LEO BAKER PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF CLINT BLACKWELL.  Mr. Baker reported an average daily treatment of 18.267 MGD for the month of April 2021 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Baker also noted that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft.  Mr. Baker reported a cumulative rainfall total of 54.99” for the past twelve months.

10.    MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 2.7 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 4.2 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.0 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.260 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

11.    JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp noted that no overflows or spills occurred during this reporting period.

12.    DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.

13.    TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  Mr. Heard noted that the Authority is in receipt of an email from a local business owner who has expressed concern about the future location of CCWSA’s IT/Lab Office building.

14.    MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO ADJOURN.  All members voted for the motion.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 A.M.

Board Meeting: April 26, 2021 ~4:00 P.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Doug Dabbs, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Tom Roach, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Joey Buice, Jennifer Arp, Ryan Sarks, Clint Blackwell, Beth Jones, Sharon Clark, Corey Ghorley, Gaye Blackwell, Jamie Veley, Jeff Hooper, Rodney Satterfield, Melanie Stephens, Garry Hensley, and Eric Wright.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order and noted that the Board would proceed with the agenda that includes the executive session item.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY DOUG DABBS, FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

2.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,228,155.00 FOR THE LAB/IT OFFICE BUILDING.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is currently listed as Item #10 on the Authority’s CIP under Construction Expansion/Upgrade, with a total original estimated cost of $3,300,000.00.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,228,155.00 FOR THE LAB/IT OFFICE BUILDING.  All members voted for the motion.

3.   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM ROBYN SMITH OF THE CITY OF WALESKA.  In this correspondence, Ms. Smith noted that the City is requesting that CCWSA release the water rights for Rampley Trail and Patriot Trail to the City of Waleska.  (MAPS ATTACHED).

Mr. Fowler noted that staff recommends approval of this request.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO RELEASE THE WATER RIGHTS FOR RAMPLEY TRAIL AND PATRIOT TRAIL AS DEPICTED ON THE ATTACHED MAPS TO THE CITY OF WALESKA.  All members voted for the motion.

4.   JEFF HOOPER PRESENTED A REQUEST BY GEORGIA POWER TO TRIM TREES ON THE AUTHORITY’S WELL SITE PROPERTY LOCATED AT NATIONS DRIVE.  Mr. Hooper noted that the Authority would receive $2,177.00 from Georgia Power for this scope of work.

Mr. Hooper noted that staff recommends tabling this issue until next month’s meeting so that staff may work on verbiage contained in the easement.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO TABLE THIS ISSUE UNTIL NEXT MONTH’S MEETING.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   RYAN SARKS REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE FY 2021 SURPLUS LISTING.  Mr. Sarks noted that the items included on this listing would be sold at auction on 5/8/21.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE FY 2021 SURPLUS LISTING AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

6.   GARY WINCHESTER REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ITEMS FROM THE 3/29/21 BOARD MEETING:

1)   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM JEFF SMITH OF RIDGE PLANNING & ENGINEERING FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A LIFT STATION AND FORCE MAIN FOR A PROJECT LOCATED AT 327 ARNOLD MILL ROAD IN WOODSTOCK (SITE PLAN ATTACHED).  Mr. Fowler noted that the parcels included are 15N17 054, 15N17 055, and 15N17 060.

Mr. Fowler noted this project would consist of approximately 127 units, and noted that staff recommends approval of this project.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE REQUEST FROM JEFF SMITH OF RIDGE PLANNING & ENGINEERING FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A LIFT STATION AND FORCE MAIN FOR A PROJECT LOCATED AT 327 ARNOLD MILL ROAD IN WOODSTOCK.  All members voted for the motion.

2)   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM PARKS HUFF OF SAMS, LARKIN & HUFF, LLP ON BEHALF OF TRATON HOMES FOR INSTALLATION OF A LIFT STATION AT THE INTERSECTION OF LOWER UNION HILL ROAD AND THOMAS ROAD.  In this correspondence, Mr. Huff noted that Traton Homes desires the installation of a lift station as opposed to installation of sewer outfall (GIS IMAGE & PLANS FOR PROPOSED OUTFALL ATTACHED).

In this correspondence, Mr. Huff noted that the GIS image provides a visual of the route the outfall would follow.  The outfall would require significant work in sensitive areas that are close to a creek, in steep topography, and are heavily treed.  The disturbed area is 2.2 acres.  Mr. Huff noted that the route has two stream crossings, six sections that require steel casings, and depths up to 28 feet.  The estimate to construct the sewer outfall is approximately $713,000.00 for the installation, $170,000.00 for easement acquisition, $125,000.00 for rock blasting, $181,000.00 for road repair and traffic management, $60,000.00 for contingency, resulting in a total estimate of $1.25 million.

By comparison, the lift station can be installed with no effect on adjacent property owners.  Mr. Huff noted that Traton Homes understands the concerns of CCWSA for accepting a new lift station.  Therefore, Traton Homes would like to resolve any concerns with the design of the lift station and would be agreeable to contributing $100,000.00 for any long term maintenance issues.

Mr. Fowler noted that the engineers for this project have researched the ability to value engineer this project and have now determined that gravity is available to this property.  Therefore, Mr. Huff has officially withdrawn the request for a lift station so that plans may be submitted to the Authority at a later date for the proposed gravity line.

7.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 3/29/21 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

8.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,670,202.00 below budget projections for the period ending 2/28/21.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,113,973.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $3,082,227.00 for the period ending 2/28/21.

9.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 15.922 MGD for the month of March 2021 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell also reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft.  Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 58.37” for the past twelve months.

10.    JAMIE VELEY PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 2.7 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 1.8 MG.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 5.0 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.300 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

11.    JAMIE VELEY NOTED THAT AN ODOR COMPLAINT WAS REPORTED ON 4/7/21 FROM THE WHISPER WIND COURT AREA OF TOWNE LAKE.  Mr. Veley noted that staff investigated the issue and could not detect any odors.  Mr. Veley noted that all odor control systems are operating as designed, and noted that these findings were reported to Kenneth Hair of the Eagle Watch HOA.

12.    JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp noted that no spills or overflows occurred during this reporting period.

13.    DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.

14.    TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.

15.    MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR DISCUSSION REGARDING A PERSONNEL ITEM.  All members voted for the motion.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION.  All members voted for the motion.

16.    MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE REQUESTED FLEX TIME SCHEDULE FOR TOM HEARD.  All members voted for the motion.

17.    MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO ADJOURN.  All members voted for the motion.

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