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Board Meeting:  December 14, 2020 ~4:00 P.M.

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

Member Doug Dabbs was not present.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY BARRY MANSELL.

2.   CLAY PILGRIM OF RUSHTON AND COMPANY PRESENTED THE AUDIT REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020.  Mr. Pilgrim reported that the audit was a clean audit according to governmental accounting standards.  Mr. Pilgrim also noted that the Authority has successfully met its bond coverage requirements for the fiscal year ending 8/31/20.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE AND ACCEPT THE FY 2020 AUDIT REPORT AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   SHAYNE FOWLER AND GAYE BLACKWELL PRESENTED PROPOSED SPECIFICATION ADJUSTMENTS REGARDING SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND FIRE LINE METERING REQUIREMENTS, AS WELL AS PROPOSED REVISIONS TO FEES FOR DOUBLE CHECK DETECTOR ASSEMBLIES (ATTACHED).

Mrs. Blackwell noted that the current charge of $3,300.00 for a 2” DCDA will remain in place, but charges for DCDA’s larger than 2” will increase by approximately 10% in order to cover current costs.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED SPECIFICATION ADJUSTMENTS REGARDING SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND FIRE LINE METERING REQUIREMENTS, AS WELL AS THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO FEES FOR DOUBLE CHECK DETECTOR ASSEMBLIES AS PRESENTED BY MR. FOWLER AND MRS. BLACKWELL.  All members present voted for the motion.

4.   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM KERRY GORE, SOUTHEAST UTILITY COORDINATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER FROM SURVEYING AND MAPPING, LLC.  Mr. Fowler noted that Mr. Gore is representing G-DOT on several areas of the Hwy. 20 road widening project.  In the correspondence received from Mr. Gore, Mr. Gore requested resolution of the issue regarding CCWSA’s easement along SR 20.  Mr. Gore further noted in his correspondence that right-of-way was purchased over the top of this easement resulting from a truck climbing lane project.  At that time, it appears there was an active line that did not conflict with this project and an Easement Limited Agreement (ELA) was not established.

Mr. Gore further noted in his correspondence that it now appears that the line located in this easement area is no longer in service.  Mr. Gore noted that he will be doing an ELA for the 36” line running along Union Hill and east along SR 20, but the ELA will not apply to the section shown on the attached sheet (ATTACHED).

Mr. Fowler noted that Mr. Gore is requesting that the Authority quit claim these easements along SR 20 at Union Hill back to G-DOT.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO AUTHORIZE TOM HEARD TO EXECUTE A QUIT CLAIM DEED FOR THESE EASEMENTS BACK TO G-DOT.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO AUTHORIZE TOM HEARD TO EXECUTE A STANDARD EASEMENT AGREEMENT TO GEORGIA POWER IN ORDER FOR GEORGIA POWER TO PROVIDE POWER SERVICE TO THE BELMONT DOWNS LIFT STATION.  All members present voted for the motion.

6.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 11/30/20 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

7.   THERE WAS NO FINANCE REPORT PRESENTED THIS MONTH DUE TO THE PRESENTMENT OF THE FY 2020 AUDIT REPORT EARLIER IN THE MEETING.

8.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 15.841 MGD for the month of November 2020 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.3 ft.  Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 73.13” for the past twelve months.

9.   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 2.8 MG.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 4.7 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.270 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

10.   JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp noted that a wastewater spill had occurred on 11/27/20 at Ridge Trail.  Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 9,600 gallons were spilled due to fats, oil, grease, and paper in the line.  Authority crews jetted the line to correct the problem.

11.    DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. MR. FOWLER PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE AUTHORITY’S TIMBER HARVESTING PROJECT AT SHOAL CREEK. Mr. Fowler noted that the cutting of timber has been finalized, and noted that approximately 210 acres will be burned and replanted after the first of the year.

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

13.    MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 2021 BOARD MEETING CALENDAR (ATTACHED) AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

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

Board Meeting:  November 30, 2020 ~9:00 A.M.

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

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2.   BETH JONES 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 2019.

3.   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM DAVID HATABIAN OF THE CITY OF CANTON.  In this correspondence, Mr. Hatabian noted that the property at 2524 Fate Conn Road has water service from CCWSA and sewer service from the City of Canton.  The property at 2514 Fate Conn Road has water and sewer service from the City of Canton.  In an effort to maintain the agreed upon service delivery area, attempts were made to have the City provide water service to the 2514 Fate Conn Road property through Sage Road in Moss Pointe.  However, the homeowner has had difficulty obtaining an easement from Moss Pointe for water service.

Mr. Hatabian further noted in his correspondence that, in an effort to provide water to the homeowner, the City would like to relinquish the water service at Fate Conn Road to CCWSA.  CCWSA could then set a meter for the home at 2514 Fate Conn Road.  The City will provide sewer service to both properties.

Therefore, the City is formally requesting that the property at 2514 Fate Conn Road be included in CCWSA’s water service delivery area (MAP ATTACHED).

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ACCEPT PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2514 FATE CONN ROAD (TAX MAP 14N21, PARCEL 020) INTO CCWSA SERVICE AREA FOR WATER SERVICE ONLY.  All members voted for the motion.

4.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF AN INCREASE TO THE ENGINEERING BUDGET FOR THE WATER DISTRIBUTION & WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM MASTER PLAN BY FREESE & NICHOLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $45,010.00.  Mr. Ghorley noted that the increase is to cover additional services for water and sewer model development and demand forecasts.  Mr. Ghorley noted an original contract amount of $202,540.00, and a new contract amount of $247,550.00.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE INCREASE TO THE ENGINEERING BUDGET FOR THE WATER DISTRIBUTION & WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM MASTER PLAN BY FREESE & NICHOLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $45,010.00.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WWTP BUILD-OUT TO 11.75 MGD IN THE AMOUNT OF $42,600,000.00.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #6 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.  Mr. Ghorley noted a total original estimated cost of $35,000,000.00.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WWTP BUILD-OUT TO 11.75 MGD IN THE AMOUNT OF $42,600,000.00.  All members voted for the motion.

6.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE UPDATED 2021 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING AS PRESENTED (ATTACHED).  All members voted for the motion.

7.   MOTION BY HARRY JOHNSTON AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE 10/26/20 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 $97,908.00 above budget projections for the period ending 9/30/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $230,049.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $985,265.00 for the period ending 9/30/20.

9.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 16.718 MGD for the month of October 2020 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.3 ft.  Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 71.82” for the past twelve months.

10.    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 1.0 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.9 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.270 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

11.    LORI FORRESTER PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF JENNIFER ARP.  Mrs. Forrester noted that no spills or overflows occurred during this reporting period.

12.    DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT THE LITTLE ROAD ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE.

13.    THERE WAS NO GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF TOM HEARD.

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

Board Meeting:  October 26, 2020 ~4:00 P.M.

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

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 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 DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE GENERAL SERVICE CONTRACTS 1-6 AS LISTED ON THE AGENDA OF THE 10/26/20 BOARD MEETING IN THE AMOUNT OF $200,000.00 EACH.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   RYAN SARKS REQUESTED APPROVAL OF AN AMENDED GMEBS ADOPTION AGREEMENT AND GENERAL ADDENDUM FOR RETIREMENT MODIFICATIONS FOR NEW HIRES AND REHIRES.  Mr. Sarks noted that these amended documents will set a minimum age of 55 in order to be eligible for the Rule of 80 and remove the Late Retirement Benefit for employees hired or rehired on or after November 1, 2020.  Mr. Sarks also noted that these changes will help mitigate future pension plan expense and ensure affordability into the foreseeable future.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE AMENDED GMEBS ADOPTION AGREEMENT AND GENERAL ADDENDUM FOR RETIREMENT MODIFICATIONS FOR NEW HIRES AND REHIRES AS OUTLINED BY MR. SARKS.  All members present voted for the motion.

4.   MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO APPROVE THE 9/28/20 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 18.126 MGD for the month of September 2020 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 72.31” 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 2.6 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 3.5 MG.  Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 4.9 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.250 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

8.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON THE OLD JONES ROAD LINE EXTENSION PROJECT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT WORK IS ON-GOING ON THE LITTLE ROAD ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT, AND WORK WILL BEGIN SOON ON THE EAST CHEROKEE DRIVE/SOUTH HOLLY SPRINGS ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.

9.   MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT HE HAS RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT THE LET DATE FOR THE HWY. 20 PROJECT FROM SCOTT ROAD TO UNION HILL ROAD WILL BE APRIL 2021.

10.   TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  MR. HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A LETTER FROM ERIC WILMARTH, CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND, REGARDING CITY OF BALL GROUND SERVICE AREA.  In this letter, Mr. Wilmarth noted that with regard to the request made by the Authority for modification of service area that was approved at the 9/28/20 CCWSA board meeting, the Ball Ground City Council voted unanimously on 10/8/20 to relinquish the seven parcels along Canton Highway and Blair Road consisting of parcels 04N03C 009A, 04N03C 009, 04N04 023, 04N04 022, 04N04 021, 04N04 020, and 04N04 018 from the City of Ball Ground service area and modify the service area map to show these parcels as being served by CCWSA.

Mr. Wilmarth requested that the City of Ball Ground be provided with a copy of the service area map once the above modifications have been made.

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

Board Meeting:  September 28, 2020 ~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, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Garry Hensley, Mike Venters, Clint Blackwell, Jennifer Arp, Ryan Sarks, Gaye Blackwell, Eric Wright, Greg Long, Mark Cochran, Melanie Stephens, Rodney Satterfield, and Tyler Childers.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY DOUG DABBS.

2.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM GEOHYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,200.00 FOR SUBSURFACE EXPLORATION AND GEOTECHNICAL PREPARATION FOR THE CCWSA IT/LAB OFFICE BUILDING.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #10 (in blue) under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.  This project is listed on the CIP as ‘Replacement of 320 West Main Building (Old White House).

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL FROM GEOHYDRO ENINGEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,200.00 FOR SUBSURFACE EXPLORATION AND GEOTECHNICAL PREPARATION FOR THE CCWSA IT/LAB OFFICE BUILDING.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL TO “SOLE SOURCE” PROCESS EQUIPMENT FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WWTP EXPANSION TO 11.75 MGD.  Mr. Ghorley noted that the new equipment will match existing equipment structures built in the last plant upgrade, as well as provide uniformity of existing equipment.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO “SOLE SOURCE” PROCESS EQUIPMENT FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WWTP EXPANSION TO 11.75 MGD.  A roll call vote was taken, and all members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID OF IHC CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, LLC IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,121,430.00 FOR THE ODOR CONTROL AT ROSE CREEK PHASE 3 PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #5 (in blue) under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.  Mr. Ghorley noted a board approved Construction Budget in the amount of $1,600,000.00.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF IHC CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, LLC IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,121,430.00 FOR THE ODOR CONTROL AT ROSE CREEK PHASE 3 PROJECT.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID OF LAKESHORE ENGINEERING IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,039,000.00 FOR THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #4 (in blue) under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.  Mr. Ghorley noted a board approved Construction Budget in the amount of $1,900,000.00.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF LAKESHORE ENGINEERING IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,039,000.00 FOR THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

6.  DWAYNE FOWLER REQUESTED APPROVAL FOR CCWSA TO REQUEST RELINQUISHMENT OF SEVEN PARCELS FROM THE CITY OF BALL GROUND SERVICE AREA INTO CCWSA SERVICE AREA (MAP ATTACHED).  Mr. Fowler noted that these parcels are located approximately 1300 feet south of Marion Spence Road, and noted that from a hydraulic perspective, CCWSA could better serve these parcels with water service.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO AUTHORIZE AUTHORITY COUNSEL TO SEND A FORMAL REQUEST TO THE CITY OF BALL GROUND FOR RELINQUISHMENT OF THESE SEVEN PARCELS CURRENTLY LOCATED IN CITY OF BALL GROUND SERVICE AREA INTO CCWSA SERVICE AREA.  Members Dabbs, Johnston, Martin, Woodruff, and Mansell voted for the motion. Member Wilmarth abstained from voting.  Motion passed.

7.   GARY WINCHESTER REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ITEM FROM THE 8/31/20 BOARD MEETING:

1)   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT, AT THE 8/31/20 MEETING, HE HAD PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM BRIAN TAYLOR OF TAYLOR MORRISON OF GEORGIA, LLC FOR A PUMP STATION AND FORCE MAIN FOR PROPERTY LOCATED ON BART MANOUS ROAD (PLAN ATTACHED).  Mr. Fowler noted that this proposed development consists of approximately 75 units, and noted that staff recommends approval of this request.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF BRIAN TAYLOR OF TAYLOR MORRISON OF GEORGIA, LLC FOR A PUMP STATION AND FORCE MAIN FOR PROPERTY LOCATED ON BART MANOUS ROAD.  All members voted for the motion.

8.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 8/31/20 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

9.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $3,877,758.00 above budget projections for the period ending 7/31/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $603,627.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $13,636,217.00 for the period ending 7/31/20.

10.   MRS. JONES REPORTED THAT WORK HAS BEGUN ON THE FY 2020 AUDIT.

11.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 19.880 MGD for the month of August 2020 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 67.09” for the past twelve months.

12.   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 3.8 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.9 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.260 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

13.   MIKE VENTERS REPORTED THAT THE AUTHORITY WAS ISSUED A FINE BY THE EPD IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,813.00 FOR AN UNPERMITTED DISCHARGE OF 20,820 GALLONS OF UNTREATED SEWERAGE INTO ROSE CREEK ON 8/17/20.

14.   JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp reported that a wastewater spill occurred during this reporting period at an unnamed tributary to Rose Creek.  Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 2,961 gallons were spilled, and the reason for the spill was due to a blockage caused sewerage to go into a dead sewer line.  Mrs. Arp noted that staff removed the blockage and sealed the dead line.

Mrs. Arp further noted that an overflow occurred at Deer Run on Cabin Creek Court.  Mrs. Arp noted that a blockage caused sewerage to come out of a manhole in a back yard.  The overflow did not reach Noonday Creek.

15.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT, AT THE 1/27/20 BOARD MEETING, THE BOARD APPROVED CCWSA RELINQUISHMENT OF SERVICE AREA AT NEESE ROAD TO THE CITY OF WOODSTOCK.  Mr. Fowler noted that the City of Woodstock is currently in the process of notifying these customers that they will become customers of the City of Woodstock.

16.   DWAYNE FOWLER REPORTED THAT TIMBER CUTTING ON THE AUTHORITY’S SHOAL CREEK PROPERTY SHOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

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

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

Board Meeting:  August 31, 2020 ~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, Wesley Banks, Joey Buice, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Greg Long, Melanie Stephens, Mark Cochran, Mike Venters, Ryan Sarks, Garry Hensley, Jennifer Arp, Rodney Satterfield, Melissa Darvish, Sharon Clark, Eric Wright, Jeff Hooper, Leo Baker, Gaye Blackwell, Tyler Childers, and Randy Cargle.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY BARRY MANSELL.

2.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM GEOHYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,200.00 FOR SUBSURFACE EXPLORATION AND GEOTECHNICAL PREPARATION FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that the amount of the proposal will be added to the existing contract for Special Inspections in the amount of $6,191.60 that was approved in June 2020.  Mr. Ghorley reported a new contract total in the amount of $11,391.60.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY GEOHYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,200.00 FOR SUBSURFACE EXPLORATION AND GEOTECHNICAL PREPARATION FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE FINAL CLOSEOUT CHANGE ORDER FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK BELT FILTER PRESS ADDITION PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is currently listed as Item #3 on the Authority’s current CIP list under Construction Management/Upgrade.  This change order reflects a credit of $149,602.66 due to drain line redesign, unused allowances, and unused unit price items.  Mr. Ghorley reported an original contract amount of $1,856,787.50, and a final contract amount of $1,707,184.84.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE FINAL CLOSEOUT CHANGE ORDER, WHICH IS A DECREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF $149,602.66, FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK BELT FILTER PRESS ADDITION PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF AN ENGINEERING PROPOSAL FROM PRECISION PLANNING, INC. FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX IN THE AMOUNT OF $42,000.00.  Mr. Ghorley reported a current contract amount of $128,000.00 based on an estimated construction cost of $1,600,000.00.  Mr. Ghorley noted that the increase is based on increased estimated construction costs of $2,435,975.69 that was approved by the Board in February 2020.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL OF PRECISION PLANNING, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $42,000.00 FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A REQUEST FROM BRIAN TAYLOR OF TAYLOR MORRISON OF GEORGIA, LLC FOR A PUMP STATION AND FORCE MAIN FOR PROPERTY LOCATED ON BART MANOUS ROAD (PLAN ATTACHED).  Mr. Fowler noted that this proposed development consists of approximately 75 units.

Mr. Fowler noted this is the first reading of this issue, and no Board action is necessary at this time.

6.   DWAYNE FOWLER REPORTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM TEN RESIDENTS OF OLD JONES ROAD.  Mr. Fowler noted that the proposed line extension is from Eagles Landing to Gantt Road.  The total footage of the extension is approximately 3,485 feet, and the estimated line size is 3” PVC.  The estimated task cost of the line is $20,910.00.  Mr. Fowler noted that the Authority would realize tap fees in the approximate amount of $17,500.00 from this scope of work.

Mr. Fowler noted that the people at 1661 Old Jones Road who initiated the petition recently had their well test badly due to unacceptable E-coli levels.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 3,485 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE OLD JONES ROAD AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $20,910.00.  All members voted for the motion.

7.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 7/27/20 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 $2,582,573.00 above budget projections for the period ending 6/30/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $715,960.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $11,794,338.00 for the period ending 6/30/20.

9.   BETH JONES PRESENTED A PROPOSED AMENDMENT (ATTACHED) TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUDGET DUE TO THE RECENT BOND REFUNDING WHICH INCLUDES THE ADDITION OF THE COST OF ISSUANCE EXPENSE, DEFERRED AMOUNT ON REFUNDING (AMORTIZATION EXPENSE), AND INTEREST EXPENSE.  Mrs. Jones noted that these adjustments stem from the June closing date of the refunding of the Series 2010 and 2011 bonds.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO AMEND THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUDGET TO INCLUDE THESE THREE LINE ITEMS AS OUTLINED BY MRS. JONES.  All members voted for the motion.

10.   BETH JONES PRESENT THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 (ATTACHED).

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

11.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 21.153 MGD for the month of July 2020 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 61.66” for the past twelve months.

12.   MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 2.4 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 6.3 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.7 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.240 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

13.   JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp noted that a wastewater spill occurred at the Rose Creek Facility in the amount of 20,820 gallons.  Mrs. Arp noted that cause of the spill was influent valve failure at the splitter box on Basin #3.  Mrs. Arp noted that the valve has been repaired and the spill has been reported to EPD.

14.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT A WATER MAIN BREAK OCCURRED ON 8/30/20 IN THE NEESE ROAD AREA.  Mr. Fowler stated that, at the 1/27/20 board meeting, he had reported that the City of Woodstock was preparing to relocate Neese Road, and the Authority, at that time, had approximately 28 customers in the area.  Mr. Fowler had reported an approximate cost to the Authority of over $300,000.00 to relocate the water main, and staff recommended and the CCWSA Board approved CCWSA relinquishment of service area at Neese Road (map attached) to the City of Woodstock at the 1/27/20 meeting.

Mr. Fowler noted that, as a result of the COVID-19 issues over the last several months, CCWSA and Woodstock are just now in the process of discussions regarding isolation of this line onto the City’s system.  Mr. Fowler noted that he hopes to meet with representatives of the City within the next couple of weeks.

15.   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT HE ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE TIMBER CUTTING AT THE ROCK CREEK PROPERTY WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.  Mr. Fowler noted that replanting should occur sometime this fall.

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

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ADJOURN.  All members voted for the motion.

Board Meeting:  July 27, 2020 ~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, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Mark Cochran, Garry Hensley, Jennifer Arp, Mike Venters, Ryan Sarks, Clint Blackwell, Eric Wright, Greg Long, Gaye Blackwell, Jeff Hooper, Melanie Stephens, and Rodney Satterfield.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY GARY WINCHESTER.

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.

Eric Wilmarth nominated that Gary Winchester be re-elected as Chair.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO CLOSE NOMINATIONS AND RE-ELECT GARY WINCHESTER AS CHAIR OF THE CCWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  All members voted for the motion.

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

Nancy Martin nominated that Eric Wilmarth be re-elected as Vice-Chair.

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

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

Harry Johnston nominated that Doug Dabbs be re-elected as Secretary.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO CLOSE NOMINATIONS AND RE-ELECT DOUG DABBS AS SECRETARY OF THE CCWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  All members voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF “AMENDMENT 1” TO THE ENGINEERING SERVICES AGREEMENT FROM BROWN & CALDWELL IN THE AMOUNT OF $22,522.00 FOR THE ROSE CREEK ODOR CONTROL PHASE 3 PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that “Amendment 1” will cover additional bidding services, update specifications to reflect addendums from previous bid, and estimate Project Management for extended project duration.  Mr. Ghorley reported a current contract amount of $228,287.00, and a revised contract amount (with addendum) of $250,809.00.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE “AMENDMENT 1” TO THE ENGINEERING SERVICES AGREEMENT FROM BROWN & CALDWELL IN AN AMOUNT NOT-TO-EXCEED $22,522.00 FOR THE ROSE CREEK ODOR CONTROL PHASE 3 PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID OF CARROLL DANIEL CONSTRUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,456,292.00 FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #9 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.  Mr. Ghorley reported an approved construction cost estimate of $2,435,975.69.

Mr. Ghorley noted that only one bid was received for this scope of work.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF CARROLL DANIEL CONSTRUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,456,292.00 FOR THE CCWSA CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM DANNY HENSON REGARDING THE CCWSA REFORESTATION PROJECT.  Mr. Fowler noted that Mr. Henson is proposing to coordinate the spraying of herbicide, conduct prescribed burning, and plant containerized seedlings on approximately 200-210 acres at a cost of $65,000.00.

Mr. Henson also noted in his proposal that, with regard to CCWSA Harvest Area 1 that was previously thinned, there are additional beetle kills, and some of the smaller slim trees need to be removed.  This is an area of approximately 25 acres and will have 25-30 loads.  Loading decks are already in place.  Mr. Henson also noted that there are many trees in this area that need to be removed along the roadway.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE EXPENDITURE OF $65,000.00 SO THAT MR. HENSON MAY COORDINATE THE SPRAYING OF HERBICIDE, CONDUCT PRESCRIBED BURNING, AND PLANT CONTAINERIZED SEEDLINGS ON APPROXIMATELY 200-210 ACRES.  All members voted for the motion.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO AMEND THE EXISTING CONTRACT WITH NORTH GEORGIA TIMBER IN ORDER TO RE-CLEAR THE APPROXIMATE 25 ACRES OF HARVEST AREA 1 ON WHICH ADDITIONAL BETTLE KILLS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED.  All members voted for the motion.

6.   GARY WINCHESTER REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ITEM FROM THE 6/29/20 BOARD MEETING:

1)   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT, AT THE 6/29/20 BOARD MEETING, HE HAD PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM JEFF SMITH OF RIDGE PLANNING & ENGINEERING FOR A PUMP STATION FOR THE PROPOSED SIXES ROAD TOWNHOMES DEVELOPMENT.  Mr. Fowler noted that LDS Partners, LLC is the developer of this project, and noted that the proposed development consists of approximately 142 units.  Mr. Fowler noted that Mr. Smith has informed him that he does not have access to gravity sewer.

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

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF JEFF SMITH OF RIDGE PLANNING & ENGINEERING FOR A PUMP STATION FOR THE PROPOSED SIXES ROAD TOWNHOMES DEVELOPMENT.  All members voted for the motion.

7.   MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 6/29/20 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 $2,111,611.00 above budget projections for the period ending 5/31/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $789,634.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $8,639,515.00 for the period ending 5/31/20.

9.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 19.300 MGD for the month of June 2020 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 66.26” 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 4.8 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 0.260 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

12.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT THE WOODSTOCK ROAD & VICTORY ROAD ROUNDABOUT PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE, AND NOTED THAT AUTHORITY CREWS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE LITTLE ROAD ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.

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

14.   MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING PENDING OR THREATENED LITIGATION.  All members voted for the motion.

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

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

Board Meeting:  June 29, 2020 ~4:00 P.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Wilmarth, Doug Dabbs, Harry Johnston, Lisa Woodruff, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Joey Buice, Corey Ghorley, Melanie Stephens, Clint Blackwell, Garry Hensley, Rodney Satterfield, Ryan Sarks, Brian Breeden, Mark Cochran, Jeff Hooper, Gaye Blackwell, Eric Wright, Greg Long, and Grant Grimes.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY ERIC WILMARTH.

2.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO AMEND THE AGENDA TO INCLUDE THE ITEM “STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REJECT ALL RECEIVED BIDS AND REBID THE ROSE CREEK ODOR CONTROL PHASE 3 PROJECT.”  All members voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF AN ENGINEERING PROPOSAL FROM FREESE & NICHOLS FOR THE PLATE SETTLER UPGRADE (PHASE 1) AT THE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN THE AMOUNT OF $93,215.00.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #4 under Asset Replacement on the Authority’s current CIP list.  Mr. Ghorley noted that the proposal will consist of design, bidding, and construction phase services.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE ENGINEERING PROPOSAL FROM FREESE & NICHOLS FOR THE PLATE SETTLER UPGRADE (PHASE 1) AT THE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN THE AMOUNT OF $93,215.00.  All members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE CONSTRUCTION/CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL “SPECIAL INSPECTIONS” PROPOSAL FROM GEOHYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,191.60 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX PROJECT.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION/CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL “SPECIAL INSPECTIONS” PROPOSAL FROM GEOHYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,191.60 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION COMPLEX PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A REQUEST FROM JEFF SMITH OF RIDGE PLANNING & ENGINEERING FOR A PUMP STATION FOR THE PROPOSED SIXES ROAD TOWNHOMES DEVELOPMENT.  Mr. Fowler noted that LDS Partners, LLC is the developer of this project, and noted that the proposed development consists of approximately 142 units.  Mr. Fowler noted that Mr. Smith has informed him that he does not have access to gravity sewer.

Mr. Fowler noted that this is the first reading of this issue; therefore, no Board action is necessary at this time.

6.   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM TWO RESIDENTS OF THE LOWER DOWDA MILL ROAD AREA.  Mr. Fowler noted that the installation of approximately 4,181 feet of 3” pvc water main would be required to serve this area, at an approximate cost to the Authority of $25,086.00.  Mr. Fowler noted that the Authority would realize tap fees in the approximate amount of $3,500.00 from this scope of work.  Mr. Fowler noted that nine additional parcels are in the surrounding area; however, at this time, the owners of those additional parcels have not signed the petition.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO TABLE THIS ITEM TO ALLOW STAFF TO GAIN MORE INFORMATION REGARDING ANY POTENTIAL ISSUES WITH WELLS IN THIS AREA.  All members voted for the motion.

7.   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM JON GRAVES, RIGHT-OF-WAY CONSULTANT FOR CHEROKEE COUNTY CAPITAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT DIVISION.  In this correspondence, Mr. Graves noted that there is a roadway project planned for Shoal Creek Road (MAPS ATTACHED).  The road alignment will be changing significantly at the sharp curve, which will leave a large area of existing right-of-way through CCWSA property.  Mr. Graves questioned if CCWSA would be willing to consider a swap of the existing right-of-way for the proposed right-of-way and temporary easements.  Cherokee County would need to acquire the proposed right-of-way and temporary easements prior to abandoning the old/existing right-of-way for construction purposes.  Mr. Graves further noted in this correspondence that, at a quick glance, it looks like more property can be abandoned than what is needed in proposed right-of-way.

Mr. Graves further noted that to his knowledge, the only other property owner who would need access through the old right-of-way would be GSA.  Mr. Graves suggested that after the project is over, CCWSA may wish to install a gate at the new driveway to control access.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF MR. GRAVES FOR A RIGHT-OF-WAY SWAP ON SHOAL CREEK ROAD.  All members voted for the motion.

8.   DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM GRANT GRIMES, VICE PRESIDENT OF BEAZER HOMES.  In this correspondence, Mr. Grimes noted that there is a proposed residential development that Beazer Homes is attempting to develop on three parcels of land, two of which are in Cherokee County (MAP ATTACHED). Those parcels are Cherokee County Parcel No. 02N13 200 and No. 02N13 202.  The third parcel, by way of information, is immediately south parcel 02N13 200 and is in Fulton County and the City of Milton.

In this correspondence, Mr. Grimes further noted that in researching utility alternatives, specifically water and sewer, he has determined that the least expensive solution for this project would be for the utilities to come from Forsyth County rather than Cherokee County.  The connection distance from available service to the property from Forsyth is roughly one half the distance from the same in Cherokee.

Mr. Grimes noted that given that the least costly solution for water and sanitary sewer service to the proposed community is via Forsyth County, he is requesting that CCWSA agree to allow Forsyth County to provide such services to Cherokee County Parcel No. 02N13 200 and No. 02N13 202.

IT WAS THE CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD TO TAKE NO ACTION WITH REGARD TO THIS ISSUE UNTIL A FORMAL REQUEST FOR RELINQUISHMENT IS RECEIVED FROM FORSYTH COUNTY. MR. FOWLER WILL INFORM THE DEVELOPER OF THE BOARD’S POSITION ON THIS MATTER.

9.   DARRELL CAUDILL PRESENTED A REQUEST FROM SCOT TEVERINO OF NORTH GEORGIA TIMBER FOR APPROVAL OF A PROPOSED CONTRACT EXTENSION AMENDMENT TO THE CURRENT CONTRACT DATED 10/11/18 BETWEEN CCWSA AND NORTH GEORGIA TIMBER.  Mr. Caudill noted that there is an issue with the proposed amendment in that the date of the expiration of the contract in the proposed amendment is unclear.

Mr. Caudill stated that he has sent a revised proposed amendment to Mr. Teverino, and Mr. Teverino has accepted the revision.

Mr. Caudill noted that the revised amendment would extend the current agreement through 12/31/20.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO EXTEND THE CURRENT CONTRACT WITH NORTH GEORGIA TIMBER THAT WAS ORIGINALLY DATED 10/11/18 UNTIL THE DATE OF 12/31/20.  All members voted for the motion.

10.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REJECT ALL RECEIVED BIDS AND REBID THE ROSE CREEK ODOR CONTROL PHASE 3 PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

11.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE 5/27/20 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

12.   MELANIE STEPHENS PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF BETH JONES.  Mrs. Stephens reported total operating revenues are approximately $1,778,546.00 above budget projections for the period ending 4/30/20.  Mrs. Stephens noted that total operating expenses are approximately $787,323.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Stephens reported year-to-date net income of $7,701,256.00 for the period ending 4/30/20.

13.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 18.676 MGD for the month of May 2020 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 67.55” for the past twelve months.

14.   TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS.  Mr. Heard 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 3.6 MG.  Mr. Heard reported an average daily treatment of 4.5 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.270 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

15.   JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT.  Mrs. Arp reported that a wastewater spill occurred during this reporting period at Gold Valley Pass off of Bridge Mill Avenue.  Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 500 gallons were spilled due to an air valve that was stuck open.  Authority staff have now repaired the air valve.  Mrs. Arp noted that due to the small quantity and lack of impact to the waterway, Authority staff has suggested a 7-day monitoring plan to the Georgia EPD.

16.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  Mr. Fowler noted that Authority crews are currently working on the roundabout project at Woodstock Road and Victory Road.

17.   TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  MR. HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A REQUEST FROM ERIC WILMARTH, CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND, REGARDING CITY OF BALL GROUND SEWER CAPACITY.  In the request received by Mr. Wilmarth, Mr. Wilmarth noted that the City of Ball Ground would like to reserve ten thousand (10,000) gallons per day of sewer treatment capacity at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Mr. Wilmarth further noted that it is his understanding that the current CCWSA Board policy allows for limited purchases of sewer capacity at the rate of ten (10) dollars per gallon.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE CITY OF BALL GROUND’S REQUEST TO RESERVE 10,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF SEWER TREATMENT CAPACITY AT THE RIVERBEND WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY AT A RATE OF $10.00 PER GALLON.  THE CITY OF BALL GROUND WILL REMIT PAYMENT TO THE AUTHORITY IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000.00.  Members Dabbs, Martin, Woodruff, Johnston, and Mansell voted for the motion.  Member Wilmarth abstained from voting.  Motion passed 5-0.

18.   TOM HEARD REPORTED THAT THE CLOSING FOR THE SERIES 2020 BONDS OCCURRED ON 6/25/20.

19.   MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO ADJOURN.  All members voted for the motion.

Board Meeting:  May 27, 2020 ~9:00 A.M.

PERSONS PRESENT:  Gary Winchester, Eric Willmarth, Doug Dabbs, Lisa Woodruff, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Joey Buice, Mike Venters, Jennifer Arp, Eric Wright, Garry Hensley, Gaye Blackwell, Jeff Hooper, Leo Baker, Mark Cochran, Melanie Stephens, Ryan Sarks, Bryce Holcomb, Brian Senne, Rafael Rodriguez, and Matt Nichols.

Member Harry Johnston was not present.

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.    BRYCE HOLCOMB OF CITI PROVIDED AN UPDATE OF THE AUTHORITY’S WATER AND SEWERAGE REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2020A, AND THE AUTHORITY’S WATER AND SEWERAGE TAXABLE REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2020B.

Mr. Holcomb noted that Municipal Market Data (MMD) has experienced sharp volatility in response to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, but remains low in historical context.

Mr. Holcomb stated that Moody’s has recently upgraded the Authority’s bond rating to Aa1, and provided the following summary of refunding results:  The Authority’s Series 2020AB bonds generated an aggregate of $6.7 million in gross savings and $6.4 million in present value savings (20.12% of bonds refunded).

Mr. Holcomb noted that the Series 2020 bonds attracted significant attention from investors, with 17 total institutional investors and over $115 million in orders (4.4x subscribed).

Mr. Holcomb noted that closing is scheduled for 6/25/20, and noted that bond validation should occur sometime the week of 6/15/20.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ADOPT THE CCWSA 2020 SUPPLEMENTAL BOND RESOLUTION AND TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF THE CCWSA REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS SERIES 2020 BOND PURCHASE AGREEMENT.  All members present voted for the motion.

3.   DWAYNE FOWLER REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE RIDGE TRAIL SOUTH WATER MAIN EXTENSION/WHOLESALE METER REMOVAL PROJECT.  Mr. Fowler reported an estimated cost of $42,000.00 for this scope of work, and noted that this item is listed on the Authority’s proposed 2021 CIP/Future Projects listing.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE RIDGE TRAIL SOUTH WATER MAIN EXTENSION/WHOLESALE METER REMOVAL PROJECT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $42,000.00.  All members present voted for the motion.

4.   DWAYNE FOWLER REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE WOODSTOCK ROAD & VICTORY ROAD (ROUNDABOUT) WATER MAIN RELOCATION PROJECT.  Mr. Fowler reported an estimated cost of $75,000.00 for this scope of work, and noted that this item is listed on the Authority’s proposed 2021 CIP/Future Projects listing.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE WOODSTOCK ROAD & VICTORY ROAD (ROUNDABOUT) WATER MAIN RELOCATION PROJECT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $75,000.00.  All members present voted for the motion.

5.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED 2021 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING (ATTACHED).

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 2021 CIP/FUTURE PROJECTS LISTING AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

6.   RYAN SARKS REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE AMENDED FY 2020 SURPLUS LISTING.  Mr. Sarks noted that the items included on this listing would be sold at auction on 6/13/20.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE AMENDED FY 2020 SURPLUS LISTING AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

7.   DAVID KUBALA REPORTED THAT THE METROPOLITAN NORTH GEORGIA WATER PLANNING DISTRICT’S PROPOSED 2021 BUDGET AND WORK PROGRAM REFLECTS AN INCREASE IN THE COUNTY DUES RATE FROM $0.25 TO $0.36 WHICH WILL PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE 2022 WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE.  Mr. Kubala noted that currently the Authority and Cherokee County participate on a 50/50 basis in the payment of annual dues of the Metro District.  Mr. Kubala noted that this proposed rate increase by the District would, in turn, increase the annual dues that would be paid by the Authority on a 50/50 basis with the County.  Mr. Kubala noted that he would continue monitoring the situation.

Gary Winchester noted that this item would be reviewed at the time of CCWSA budget presentment.

8.   DARRELL CAUDILL REQUESTED THAT THE BOARD APPROVE, IN CONCEPT, A DRAFT INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN FORSYTH COUNTY, FULTON COUNTY, AND CCWSA.  Mr. Caudill noted that Forsyth County desires to provide sanitary sewer service to residents of the planned Puckett Drive development lying in Fulton County, and CCWSA desires to provide potable water service to those residents of the planned Puckett Drive development lying in Fulton County, and Fulton County desires to allow such services and adjustments of its service delivery accordingly.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO AUTHORIZE TOM HEARD TO EXECUTE AN ACCEPTABLE AGREEMENT, CONTINGENT UPON APPROVAL BY FORSYTH AND FULTON COUNTIES.  All members present voted for the motion.

9.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 4/27/20 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members present voted for the motion.

10.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,870,573.00 above budget projections for the period ending 3/31/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $478,801.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $6,532,371.00 for the period ending 3/31/20.

11.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 16.882 MGD for the month of April 2020 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 66.47” for the past twelve months.

12.   MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 3.3 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.5 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.5 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.300 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

14.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  Mr. Fowler provided an update on the State Route 20 project.

15.   TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  MR. HEARD REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM DAVE HATABIAN OF THE CITY OF CANTON.  In this correspondence, Mr. Hatabian stated that as the City of Canton continues to grow, their demand for potable water increases.  Although the City is not pushing the limits of their plant capacity, the City would like to begin discussions to purchase additional water from the Authority above the amount in the current agreement.

Tom Heard noted that he would be attending a virtual meeting today at 2:00 p.m. with representatives of the City of Canton to discuss this issue and to advise them of the Authority’s current capacity policy.

16.   TOM HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD RESUME STANDARD FULL-TIME OPERATIONS ON 6/1/20, AND ALSO NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD BE PROVIDING NOTIFICATION TO CUSTOMERS WITH PAST DUE ACCOUNTS THAT, BEGINNING 7/1/20, CCWSA WILL RESUME ITS DISCONNECTION POLICY FOR NON-PAYMENT.

17.   TOM HEARD NOTED THAT CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN ON THE SMITHWICK CREEK PUMP STATION PROJECT.

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

Board Meeting:  April 27, 2020 ~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, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Garry Hensley, Clint Blackwell, Sharon Clark, Melanie Stephens, Mark Cochran, Rodney Satterfield, Gaye Blackwell, Greg Long, Jennifer Arp, Ryan Sarks, Joey Buice, Mike Venters, Eric Wright, Leo Baker, Jeff Hooper, Bryce Holcomb, and Brian Senne.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY ERIC WILMARTH.

2.   BRYCE HOLCOMB OF CITI PROVIDED AN UPDATED REFUNDING ANALYSIS FOR THE AUTHORITY’S SERIES 2010, 2011 AND 2013 BONDS.  Mr. Holcomb noted that under current market conditions, the Authority’s callable Series 2010 bonds produce approximately $5.2 million in present value savings (19.0%) assuming a tax-exempt current refunding.  Mr. Holcomb also noted that under current market conditions, the Authority’s callable Series 2011 bonds produce approximately $186,000.00 in present value savings (4.4%) assuming a taxable advance refunding.  Mr. Holcomb also noted that under current market conditions, the Authority’s callable Series 2013 bonds produce approximately $411,000.00 in present value savings (4.7%) assuming a taxable advance refunding.

Mr. Holcomb noted that he recommends that the Board move forward with the refunding of the Series 2010 and 2011 bonds at the May 2020 meeting, and cautioned that the Board may wish to further review the proposed refunding of the Series 2013 bonds at that time.

IT WAS THE CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD FOR MR. HOLCOMB TO PROCEED AND PROVIDE AN UPDATE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED REFUNDINGS AND BOND PRICING AT THE MAY MEETING.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF AN ENGINEERING BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $230,300.00 FOR THE IT/LAB OFFICE BUILDING PROJECT FROM PRECISION PLANNING, INC. Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #11 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO APPROVE THE ENGINEERING BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF THE $230,300.00 FOR THE IT/LAB OFFICE BUILDING PROJECT FROM PRECISION PLANNING, INC.  All members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,600,000.00 FOR THE ODOR CONTROL AT ROSE CREEK (PHASE 3) PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #6 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,600,000.00 FOR THE ODOR CONTROL AT ROSE CREEK (PHASE 3) PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

5.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,900,000.00 FOR THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #5 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP listing.

MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,900,000.00 FOR THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT.  All members voted for the motion.

6.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF PLATE SETTLERS VS. TUBE SETTLERS AT THE ETOWAH RIVER WATER TREATMENT FACILITY.  Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Items #5&6 under Asset Replacement on the Authority’s current CIP listing.

Mr. Ghorley noted that the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility was originally constructed in 1986 and was expanded in 1996 and 2007.  During the expansion in 2007, tube settlers with a stainless steel support system were installed in each of the sixteen sedimentation basins.  Due to the age and condition of the tube settlers, they have reached the end of their design life and need to be replaced.

Mr. Ghorley further noted that to help address the tube settler improvements at the Water Treatment Facility, Freese and Nichols, Inc. was tasked by CCWSA to review and recommend alternatives to replace the existing tube settlers in eight of the sixteen sedimentation basins (Numbers 9-16).  CCWSA plans to replace the tube settlers in two phases, both for budgetary control and to maintain plant operation during replacement.

Mr. Ghorley noted that to address the tube settler replacement in Sedimentation Basins Numbers 9-16, Freese & Nichols developed the following four options for feasibility evaluation and further discussion with CCWSA:

Option A – Remove and replace the existing tube settlers with traditional PVC tube settlers and reuse the existing support structure.  (Initial Capital Cost of $872,000; 30 Year Life Cycle Cost of $2,706,000)

Option B – Remove and replace the existing tube settlers with “walkable” PVC tube settlers and reuse the existing support structure.  (Initial Capital Cost of $1,089,000; 30 Year Life Cycle Cost of $3,357,000)

Option C – Remove and replace the existing tube settlers with walkable poly-propylene tube settlers and reuse the existing support structure. (Initial Capital Cost of $1,140,000; 30 Year Life Cycle Cost of $2,370,000)

Option D – Remove the existing tube settlers and support structures and replace them with plate settlers with an integral support system.  (Initial Capital Cost of $1,542,000; 30 Year Life Cycle Cost of $1,632,000)

Mr. Ghorley noted that although Option D has the most expensive up-front capital cost, it is cheaper in the long term due to the 30-year life expectancy.  Options A, B & C would have to be replaced two or three times over the course of 30 years due to either a 10 or 15-year life expectancy.  Therefore, staff recommends approval of Option D.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE OPTION D, ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL TIMELINE FOR COMPLETION OF TWO YEARS.  All members voted for the motion.

7.   TOM ROACH REQUESTED BOARD CONSIDERATION TO RATIFY STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE JP MORGAN’S REQUEST TO TERMINATE THE 1995 MBIA REINVESTMENT AGREEMENT BY A PAYMENT TO THE AUTHORITY OF $380,000.00.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY DOUG DABBS TO RATIFY STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE JP MORGAN’S REQUEST TO TERMINATE THE 1995 MBIA REINVESTMENT AGREEMENT BY A PAYMENT TO THE AUTHORITY OF $380,000.00.  All members voted for the motion.

8.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 2/24/20 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  All members voted for the motion.

9.   MOTION BY DOUG DABBS AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE 3/26/20 WORK SESSION MINUTES AS AMENDED.  All members voted for the motion.

10.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,883,445.00 above budget projections for the period ending 2/29/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $383,249.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $5,871,932.00 for the period ending 2/29/20.

11.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 15.311 MGD for the month of March 2020 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell also reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.3 ft.  Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 67.35” for the past twelve months.

12.   CLINT BLACKWELL NOTED THAT THE ETOWAH RIVER WATER TREATMENT FACILITY HAS RECEIVED THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS PLATINUM AWARD FOR PERMIT COMPLIANCE DURING CALENDAR YEAR 2019.

13.   MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 3.8 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.3 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 0.375 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

14.   MIKE VENTERS NOTED THAT THE FITZGERALD CREEK WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILTY HAS RECEIVED THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS PLATINUM AWARD FOR PERMIT COMPLIANCE DURING CALENDAR YEAR 2019.  MR. VENTERS NOTED THAT THE ROSE CREEK WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY HAS ALSO RECEIVED THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS PLATINUM AWARD FOR PERMIT COMPLIANCE DURING CALENDAR YEAR 2019.  MR. VENTERS FURTHER NOTED THAT THE RIVERBEND WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY HAS RECEIVED THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS GOLD AWARD FOR PERMIT COMPLIANCE DURING CALENDAR YEAR 2019.

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

16.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  Mr. Fowler noted that the Hwy. 108 line extension project and the Mill Creek Bridge water main relocation project are complete at this time.

17.   TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  MR. HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS CONTINUING TO OPERATE UNDER AN EMERGENCY MODIFIED OPERATIONS PLAN DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS.

18.   TOM HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF AN OPEN RECORDS REQUEST FROM MICHAEL MCCOY REGARDING TIMBER HARVESTING ON CCWSA PROPERTY.  Mr. Heard noted that the Authority has responded to Mr. McCoy’s request, and has received a notice of appreciation from Mr. McCoy for staff’s professionalism and cooperation.  Mr. Heard noted that Mr. McCoy has now requested that a trail system be reestablished on the Sutallee Trace property owned by CCWSA.  Staff has referred Mr. McCoy to the Boy Scouts as the only approved trail builders on this property.

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

 

Board Agenda Meeting:  March 26, 2020 ~3:00 P.M.

Note:  The regularly scheduled Board Meeting for 3/30/20 has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  The Board will only conduct the Board Agenda Meeting this month, with no voting occurring.

PERSONS ATTENDING TELECONFERENCE:  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, Mike Venters, Beth Jones, Melanie Stephens, Garry Hensley, Jennifer Arp, Rodney Satterfield, Gaye Blackwell, Corey Ghorley, Greg Long, Ryan Sarks, Jeff Hooper, Mark Cochran, Clint Blackwell, Brian Breeden, and Eric Wright.

1.   AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY GARY WINCHESTER.

2.   THE BOARD REVIEWED THE MINUTES FROM THE 2/24/20 BOARD MEETING AND FOUND NO CORRECTIONS TO BE MADE.

3.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCIAL REPORT.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $2,400,488.00 above budget projections for the period ending 1/31/20.  Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $210,207.00 below budget projections for the same period.  Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $5,602,435.00 for the period ending 1/31/20.

4.   BETH JONES PROVIDED A SYNOPSIS OF THE CURRENT BOND MARKET AND SAVINGS LEVELS FOR THE AUTHORITY’S PROPOSED REFUNDINGS.  Mrs. Jones noted that staff is currently working on the preliminary official statement in the hope that the market stabilizes soon from the COVID-19 crisis in order for the Authority to move forward with the refunding at some point in the next few months.

The Board noted that they would like to receive an update each month from Bryce Holcomb of Citi so that the Board may determine at what point to proceed with the refunding or postpone further.

5.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily flow of 14.551 MGD for the month of February 2020 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Blackwell reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.3 ft.  Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 63.48” for the past twelve months.

6.   MR. BLACKWELL NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS CURRENTLY STOCKPILING BULK MATERIALS DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS.  Mr. Blackwell noted that the plant currently has approximately 45 days of chemicals on hand.

7.   MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.0 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 1.6 MG.  Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.6 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.470 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

9.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.  MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL D.O.T. PERMITS TODAY.

10.   MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A CALL LAST WEEK CONCERNING A MANHOLE AT THE LITTLE RIVER BASIN THAT NEEDED REPAIR.  Mr. Fowler noted that Authority crews have now made the necessary repairs to rebuild the upper end of the manhole.

11.   TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.  MR. HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS BEEN OPERATING UNDER AN EMERGENCY MODIFIED OPERATIONS PLAN SINCE TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS.  Mr. Heard noted that all CCWSA offices are now locked, with customers still being able to utilize the Authority’s drive-through window at the administrative office.  Mr. Heard noted that the Authority has currently suspended disconnections of service and the Authority has also suspended the assessment of penalties to customer accounts during this time.

12.   TOM HEARD NOTED THAT THE APRIL BOARD MEETING WILL OCCUR ON MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020 AT 4:00 P.M. VIA TELECONFERENCE.  Tom Roach noted that the Board will be allowed to vote during this teleconference since the Authority is operating under a declared State of Emergency.  Directions for accessing the teleconference will be placed on the Authority’s website and also provided to the press.

13.   TOM HEARD NOTED THAT STAFF WILL REVIEW THE AUTHORITY’S CIP AT NEXT MONTH’S STAFF AGENDA MEETING.  The updated CIP list will be provided to the Board for approval at the May Board Meeting.

14.   TOM HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF CORRESPONDENCE FROM CHUCK AMBURN REGARDING WATER SERVICE TO THE DEBORD DRIVE/ADDINGTON LANE AREA.  In this correspondence, Mr. Amburn noted that a few years ago the residents of this area petitioned the Board to provide water to this area.  The Authority provided this service as requested.

Mr. Amburn further noted in his correspondence that the Authority stopped the water line at the house furthest away from where they started the line into the area.  Mr. Amburn noted that, at the last board meeting he attended, he brought up the fact that the Authority was only 1-2 tenths of a mile from the end of the neighborhood (Hwy. 140), the equipment and the CCWSA employees were on-site, and questioned if the Board would consider extending the line to the end of the neighborhood.  Mr. Amburn stated that he was told that the statute used to approve the water service covered the entire neighborhood and that anyone that did not request water then, could simply call, pay for the meter to be set, request water, and the line would be brought to their property under the law of that statute at no other cost.

Mr. Amburn further noted in his correspondence that he did not realize there was a terminus date within that statute, and noted that the Authority is charging a fee of $6 per foot for the water service, as well as the normal connection fee.

Mr. Amburn is requesting that the Board delay the implementation of this fee for 30 days to give the residents an opportunity to request the water service.  If they don’t request within that time frame, then so be it.  Mr. Amburn requests that the Authority refund any fee that has been collected to date for residents of this area since the terminus of the statute.

Mr. Heard noted that the residents of this area have been provided notification by the Authority that they have a six-month window of opportunity to purchase a meter if they would like water service.

The meeting concluded at 4:10 p.m.

 

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