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May 2022

Board Meeting:  May 23, 2022 ~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, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Greg Long, Mike Venters, Garry Hensley, Keith Allen, Ryan Sarks, Joey Buice, Gaye Blackwell, Melanie Stephens, Melissa Darvish, Jeff Hooper, Eric Wright, and Sharon Clark.

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 A COST INCREASE FROM GEO-HYDRO ENGINEERS FOR ADDITIONAL MATERIALS TESTING ON THE FITZGERALD CREEK WWTP EXPANSION IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,327.40. Mr. Ghorley noted an original approved cost estimate of $58,427.40, and a revised total (with increase) of $86,754.80.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE COST INCREASE FROM GEO-HYDRO ENGINEERS FOR ADDITIONAL MATERIALS TESTING ON THE FITZGERALD CREEK WWTP EXPANSION IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,327.40. All members voted for the motion.

3. COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #1 (FINAL) FOR THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT. Mr. Ghorley noted that the change order reflects a 16-day extension to the contract completion time due to unforeseen conditions, as well as a credit of $28,555.00. Mr. Ghorley noted an original contract amount of $2,039,000.00, and a revised contract amount per the change order of $2,010,445.00.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE CHANGE ORDER #1 (FINAL) FOR THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT. THIS CHANGE ORDER REFLECTS A 16-DAY EXTENSION TO THE CONTRACT COMPLETION TIME DUE TO UNFORESEEN CONDITIONS, AS WELL AS A CREDIT OF $28,555.00. All members voted for the motion.

4.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED 2023 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING (ATTACHED).

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 2023 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.

5.  WAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM RESIDENTS OF HWY. 140/REINHARDT COLLEGE PARKWAY/WEST FROM ADDINGTON LANE. Mr. Fowler noted that fourteen people have signed this petition for the line extension. Mr. Fowler noted that this extension would require the installation of approximately 13,602 feet of 3” PVC pipe. Mr. Fowler noted an estimated task cost of the line of $81,612.00, and a total purchase meter cost of $24,500.00. Mr. Fowler noted that many of these petitioners are currently experiencing issues with their wells.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 13,602 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE HWY.140/REINHARDT COLLEGE PARKWAY/WEST FROM ADDINGTON LANE AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $81,612.00. All members voted for the motion.

6.  DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM RESIDENTS OF DAMASCUS ROAD. Mr. Fowler noted that seven people have signed this petition for the line extension. Mr. Fowler noted that this extension would require the installation of approximately 3,440 feet of 3” PVC pipe. Mr. Fowler noted an estimated task cost of the line of $20,640.00, and a total purchase meter cost of $12,250.00. Mr. Fowler noted that approval of this request would be a step toward creating the Soap Creek loop.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 3,440 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE DAMASCUS ROAD AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $20,640.00. All members voted for the motion.

7.  MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE 4/25/22 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 $2,029,275.00 above budget projections for the period ending 3/31/22. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,565,378.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $7,395,825.00 for the period ending 3/31/22.

9.  CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 18.104 MGD for the month of April 2022 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. Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 63.24” for the past twelve months.

10.  CLINT BLACKWELL NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY’S ETOWAH RIVER WATER TREATMENT FACILITY HAS RECEIVED THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS’ PLATINUM AWARD FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2021.

11. MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 3.0 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.8 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.8 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.293 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

12.  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.

13.  DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Fowler noted that work is on-going on the Hwy. 20 project.

14.  TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. MR. HEARD NOTED THAT DWAYNE FOWLER HAD RECENTLY MET WITH A CITIZENS GROUP REGARDING MCCURLEY ROAD.

15.  MR. HEARD NOTED THAT AUTHORITY STAFF WILL BE REPAIRING A FENCE AND REPAINTING A GENERATOR IN THE LAKE SOVEREIGN AREA IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM THE LAKE SOVEREIGN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION AND RESIDENTS.

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

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