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October 2021

Board Meeting:  October 25, 2021 ~4:00 P.M.

PERSONS PRESENT: Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Becky Dabbs, Tom Heard, Dwayne Fowler, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Greg Long, Jennifer Arp, Mark Cochran, Leo Baker, Melanie Stephens, Mike Venters, Jeff Hooper, Garry Hensley, Gaye Blackwell, Ryan Sarks, and Eric Wright.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2.  TOM HEARD REPORTED THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS BEEN AWARDED THE CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING BY THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION FOR ITS COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (CAFR) FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED 8/31/20.

3.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF GENERAL SERVICE CONTRACTS IN AN AMOUNT OF $200,000.00 EACH FOR THE FOLLOWING FIRMS: ATKINS NORTH AMERICA, BROWN & CALDWELL, HAZEN & SAWYER, ENGINEERING STRATEGIES, INFRATEC CONSULTING, AND FREESE & NICHOLS.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE GENERAL SERVICE CONTRACTS 1-6 AS LISTED ON THE AGENDA OF THE 10/25/21 BOARD MEETING IN THE AMOUNT OF $200,000.00 EACH. All members voted for the motion.

4.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE CERTIFICATE OF FINAL COMPLETION FROM CARROLL DANIEL CONSTRUCTION FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE CERTIFICATE OF FINAL COMPLETION FROM CARROLL DANIEL CONSTRUCTION FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX. All members voted for the motion.

5.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID RECEIVED FROM MID-SOUTH BUILDERS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,598,597.00 FOR THE SR 20 WIDENING – WATER MAIN RELOCATION PROJECT (GDOT PI#0014131, SCOTT ROAD TO UNION HILL ROAD). Mr. Ghorley noted a construction cost estimate in the amount of $5,257,985.00 was approved August 2021.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF MID-SOUTH BUILDERS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,598,597.00 FOR THE SR 20 WIDENING – WATER MAIN RELOCATION PROJECT (GDOT PI#0014131, SCOTT ROAD TO UNION HILL ROAD). All members voted for the motion.

6.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #1 IN THE AMOUNT OF $380,408.00 FOR THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT PLATE SETTLER PROJECT (PHASE 1). Mr. Ghorley noted this change will increase the current flow design from 2.5 MGD to 3.0 MGD and add 30 days to the contract completion time. Mr. Ghorley noted a current contract amount of $1,478,000.00, and a revised contract amount of $1,858,408.00.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE CHANGE ORDER #1 IN THE AMOUNT OF $380,408.00 FOR THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT PLATE SETTLER PROJECT (PHASE 1). All members voted for the motion.

7.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATE IN THE AMOUNT OF $290,650.00 FOR THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD & SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT. Mr. Ghorley noted this project listed as Item #5 under Asset Replacement on the Authority’s current CIP, with a total original estimated cost of $350,000.00.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO APPROVE A CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATE IN THE AMOUNT OF $290,650.00 FOR THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD & SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT. All members voted for the motion.

8.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED TO “SOLE SOURCE” DEXTER FORTSON ASSOCIATES, INC. TO PROVIDE SCADA UPGRADES TO THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD & SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT. Mr. Ghorley noted that Dexter Fortson Associates, Inc. is currently the overall provider of CCWSA’s SCADA control network.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO “SOLE SOURCE” DEXTER FORTSON ASSOCIATES, INC. TO PROVIDE SCADA UPGRADES TO THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD & SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT. All members voted for the motion.

9.  DWAYNE FOWLER REQUESTED APPROVAL OF AN EXPENDITURE OF APPROXIMATELY $275,000.00 FOR THE HAMES ROAD/SOUTH JETT ROAD ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT/WATER LINE REPLACEMENT. Mr. Fowler noted that this project is listed as Item #2 under Road Relocation Projects/Beyond 2022 on the Authority’s current CIP. Mr. Fowler noted this expenditure would be for approximately 5000’ of 8” DIP.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE EXPENDITURE OF APPROXIMATELY $275,000.00 FOR THE HAMES ROAD/SOUTH JETT ROAD ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT/WATER LINE REPLACEMENT. All members voted for the motion.

10.  MOTION BY HARRY JOHNSTON AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 9/27/21 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.

11.  BETH JONES NOTED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO FINANCE REPORT GIVEN THIS MONTH DUE TO THE AUDIT IN-PROGRESS.

12.  MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ADOPT THE CCWSA 2021 REIMBURSEMENT RESOLUTION WHEREBY THE AUTHORITY DECLARES ITS INTENT TO USE PROCEEDS OF NOT MORE THAN $76,960,000.00 FROM THE ISSUANCE OF THE BONDS TO REIMBURSE ITSELF FOR MONEYS FROM ITS GENERAL FUNDS, ITS RENEWAL AND EXPANSION FUNDS, OR ITS OTHER FUNDS USED TO PAY EXPENDITURES RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:
1) RELOCATE CERTAIN EXISTING WATER AND WASTEWATER LINES AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $31,800,000.00.
2) EXPAND THE FITZGERALD CREEK WASTEWATER PLANT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF APPROXIMATELY $45,160,000.00.
All members voted for the motion.

13.  LEO BAKER PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF CLINT BLACKWELL. Mr. Baker reported an average daily treatment of 18.424 MGD for the month of September 2021 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility. Mr. Baker noted that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft. Mr. Baker reported a cumulative rainfall total of 62.18” for the past twelve months.

14.  MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Venters 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 1.7 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.3 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.260 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

15.  JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT. Mrs. Arp noted that one spill occurred during this reporting period at Braddock Lane. Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 50,400 gallons were spilled due to a blockage, and that Authority crews jetted the line and removed the blockage.

16.  DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Fowler noted that the Authority is currently installing HDPE pipe, which is a deviation from the normal specs, due to supply chain issues with certain items. The Authority is evaluating on a case-by-case basis, and will hopefully return to installation of standard materials in the near future.

17.  Dwayne Fowler noted that the Authority has received notification that the Hwy. 20 – Phase 2 project has been awarded to Vertical Earth.

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

19.  LISA WOODRUFF RECUSED HERSELF FROM THE MEETING SINCE HER FIRM IS AN AGENT INVOLVED ON PROPERTY BEING DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

20.  MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING THE POTENTIAL ACQUISITION OF REAL ESTATE. All members present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION. All members present voted for the motion.

21.  MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE PARCELS 2021 A-F FOR CONSIDERATION FOR APPRAISALS. All members present voted for the motion.

22.  MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO ADJOURN. All members present voted for the motion.

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