Board Meeting: September 26, 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, Clint Blackwell, Greg Long, Chandler Hamby, Jamie Veley, Gaye Blackwell, Keith Allen, Beth Jones, Ryan Sarks, Garry Hensley, Eric Wright, Shayne Fowler, Melanie Stephens, and Jeff Hooper.
Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.
1. AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY NANCY MARTIN, FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
2. GAYE BLACKWELL REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM AN AUTHORITY CUSTOMER REQUESTING ASSISTANCE WITH UTILITY BILLINGS. In this correspondence, the customer noted the letter received is on behalf of them self and others that are having great difficulty paying for their utilities.
In this correspondence, the customer noted that since the inflation hike, they are finding it increasingly difficult making decisions on whether to pay for utilities, medical/dental expenses, or for food. They are having to deny themselves medication and proper medical care due to the rise in their utilities, etc.
The customer noted that this is crucial to seniors, and would appreciate any assistance they could receive. The customer noted that social security checks just aren’t enough, especially now that everything else has increased.
The customer also noted that they had to decline an ultrasound on their heart and cancel an appointment with their cardiovascular doctor because insurance will not cover the expenses. The customer also noted they had to decline dental care to replace a bridge because of insurance not covering. The customer noted they pay for insurance monthly, but it just doesn’t cover as it should.
Discussion occurred concerning policy implications and structure of such an assistance program. Staff was directed to research this issue.
MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO TAKE THIS ISSUE UNDER ADVISEMENT AND TABLE UNTIL NEXT MONTH’S MEETING. All members voted for the motion.
3. DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM KRIS STANCIL, CHAIRMAN OF THE PICKENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS. In this correspondence, Commissioner Stancil noted that Pickens County Water Authority gives permission to CCWSA to run a water line into Pickens County on Pleasant Union Road to serve the following parcels in southwest Pickens County:
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MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE ACCEPTANCE OF PICKENS COUNTY’S RELINQUISHMENT OF SERVICE AREA ON PLEASANT UNION ROAD TO CCWSA FOR THE FOLLOWING PARCELS: 062 011 007, 062 011 008, AND 062 011 009. All members voted for the motion.
4. MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 8/29/22 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.
5. CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 21.009 MGD for the month of August 2022 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility. Mr. Blackwell reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.1 ft. Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 55.75” for the past twelve months.
6. JAMIE VELEY PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS. Mr. Veley 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. 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.
7. 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.
8. DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Fowler noted that pipe installation for the Hwy. 20 project from Scott Road to Union Hill Road should be completed sometime this week.
9. TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. Mr. Heard noted that, at the 8/29/22 board meeting, the Board approved a request by the City of Jasper to reserve 200,00 gallons per day of potable water capacity at a cost of $2.50 per gallon, upon payment by the City of Jasper to CCWSA in the amount of $500,000. Mr. Heard noted that CCWSA has not received payment for this reservation of capacity at this time, but noted that that City has now expressed interest in entering into an intergovernmental agreement with CCWSA. Mr. Heard noted that Authority counsel is now reviewing the issue.
10. MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ADJOURN. All members voted for the motion.