≡ Menu

Board Meeting:  April 25, 2022 ~4:00 P.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, Clint Blackwell, Mike Venters, Beth Jones, Mark Cochran, Keith Allen, Jennifer Arp, Garry Hensley, Joey Buice, Eric Wright, Ryan Sarks, Melissa Darvish, Melanie Stephens, Jeff Hooper, Gaye Blackwell, Rick Martin, and Ted Collins.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM ATKINS NORTH AMERICA FOR DESIGN AND BIDDING SERVICES FOR THE SOUTHWEST CHEROKEE ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANK IN THE AMOUNT OF $129,014.00. Mr. Ghorley noted that this scope of work is listed as Item #13 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP as Water Tank Addition – Tyson Tank Site.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL FROM ATKINS NORTH AMERICA FOR DESIGN AND BIDDING SERVICES FOR THE SOUTHWEST CHEROKEE ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANK IN THE AMOUNT OF $129,014.00. All members voted for the motion.

3.   JEFF HOOPER PROVIDED A WATER AND SEWER SPECIFICATION UPDATE.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE REVISED WATER AND SEWER SPECIFICATIONS AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.

4.   RYAN SARKS REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE FY 2022 SURPLUS LISTING. Mr. Sarks noted that the items included on this listing would be sold at auction on 5/7/22.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE FY 2022 SURPLUS LISTING AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.

5.   MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE 3/28/22 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. Members Wilmarth, Mansell, Woodruff, Johnston, and Martin voted for the motion. Member Dabbs abstained from voting. Motion passed.

6.  BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,017,499.00 above budget projections for the period ending 2/28/22. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,309,560.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $5,609,639.00 for the period ending 2/28/22.

7.  CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 16.143 MGD for the month of March 2022 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 61.89” for the past twelve months.

8.  MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 2.8 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.0 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 0.360 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

10.  DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Fowler noted that Authority crews are currently laying pipe on the Hwy. 20 project.

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

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

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

13.   IT WAS THE CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD TO TAKE NO ACTION WITH REGARD TO THE EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEM DUE TO THE FACT THAT NO QUALIFYING BIDS WERE RECEIVED. COREY GHORLEY IS AUTHORIZED TO RETURN THE EARNEST MONEY CHECK THAT WAS RECEIVED BY THE AUTHORITY.

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

Board Meeting:  March 28, 2022 ~9:00 A.M

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

Member Becky Dabbs was not present at the meeting.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2. GAYE BLACKWELL AND SHAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED PROPOSED REVISIONS TO FEES FOR DOUBLE CHECK DETECTOR ASSEMBLIES (DCDA’S). Mrs. Blackwell noted that the Authority’s cost to purchase a DCDA is currently higher than the price the Authority charges to its customers to purchase a DCDA. This is a result of the continuing cost increases for materials. Mrs. Blackwell noted that, after checking with various supply vendors for current price quotes, the lowest pricing was determined. Based on this information, Mrs. Blackwell and Mr. Fowler are proposing a 25% increase above our current cost to purchase a DCDA.

Therefore, the proposed DCDA fees, effective 3/29/22, are as follows:
2” DCDA $ 4,500.00
3” DCDA $ 8,500.00
4” DCDA $ 8,000.00
6” DCDA $11,000.00
8” DCDA $14,000.00
10” DCDA $19,500.00

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE DCDA FEE REVISIONS AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.

3. DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM RESIDENTS OF FINCHER ROAD AND JAMES WHITE TRAIL. Mr. Fowler noted that sixteen people have signed this petition for the line extension from 2279 Fincher Road to 3580 Fincher Road on Hwy. 108. Mr. Fowler noted that this extension would require the installation of approximately 3,963 feet of 3” PVC pipe. Mr. Fowler noted an estimated task cost of the line of $23,778.00, and a total purchase meter cost of $12,250.00. Mr. Fowler noted that many of these petitioners are currently experiencing issues with their wells.

Mr. Fowler also noted that, if at some point in the future, the James White Trail residents grant utility easement or right of way, water service then could be applied at these service addresses as petitioned.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 3,963 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE FINCHER ROAD AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $23,778.00. All members present voted for the motion.

4. GREG LONG NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR STREET LIGHTS FROM RESIDENTS OF CHEROKEE FOREST SUBDIVISION. Mr. Long noted that, pending approval of this request, there would be an upfront cost to the Authority of $2,818.27 from Georgia Power for the installation of seven new wooden poles on Meadow Lane and Woodhaven Drive.

Fifty-six street lights would be added to this subdivision at a cost to Authority of $11.18 per light per month, for a total cost of $626.08 per month.

Mr. Long noted that the Authority would then bill 144 current customers in this subdivision at a fee of $3.50 per month for street light services, therefore totaling $504.00 per month.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ADD CHEROKEE FOREST SUBDIVISION TO THE AUTHORITY’S STREET LIGHT PROGRAM. All members present voted for the motion.

5. JENNIFER ARP PROVIDED A BOARD POLICY UPDATE.    Mrs. Arp presented proposed revisions to the following Board policies:

1) Adoption of Agenda Calendar – Changes to this policy are limited to adding language that details the public places where the agenda would be placed for public notice.
2) Appointment of Open Records Coordinator – The change to this policy is the job title of the Open Records Coordinator.
3) Condemnations Require a Supermajority Vote of the Board – The policy changes include defining what a supermajority of the Board is and attaching the pre-condemnation process and procedures. The new policy also adds that the pre-condemnation procedures must be explained to the Board with proof of reasonable accommodation (where needed) being shown before a vote.
4) Connection of Existing Development to Sewer – This policy was originally included with several others approved on 9/25/06. These policies were passed to comply with MNGWPD action items in place at the time. This policy has not changed in its wording, but is no longer a requirement of the MNGWPD. Board considerations for this policy are to eliminate the policy or keep the policy as a stand-alone policy.
5) Connection of Isolated Properties to Sewer – This revised policy removed wording and phrasing from the previous policy that is no longer valid. There is no requirement to connect septic homes to sanitary sewer if it is within 200 feet. The current Environmental Health rules allow for multiple options to be presented to homeowners with failing septic tanks and homeowners may choose from the available remedies. If no other options exist, CCWSA may extend service to homeowners under normal consideration. Board considerations are to eliminate this policy or keep this policy as a stand-alone policy.
6) Extension of Water and/or Sewer Infrastructure to Environmentally Sensitive or Otherwise High-Priority Areas that are Otherwise Considered Not Economically Feasible – There are no changes to this policy language. This was originally part of the MNGWPD requirements and is no longer a MNGWPD requirement. Board considerations for this policy are to eliminate this policy or keep this policy as a stand-alone policy.
7) Septic Waste Hauler Regulations – Updates to this policy include updating language to match current manual section references. Prior versions used documents and sections that have changed. Prior versions used an abbreviated title for the document and sections within the documents have changed.
8) CCWSA Street Light Policy – The changes to the policy were to clean up confusing language, update roles and responsibilities by job title, remove sections related to the construction and maintenance of street lights, and place them in the specs.
9) A) Drought Policy – This is a new policy that was originally developed as the CCWSA Drought Contingency Plan and is a required part of permit renewal for the drinking water plant. Going forward, this plan will be changed to CCWSA policy to meet the expected requirements of the MNGWPD 2022 plan update while remaining part of the permit renewal process. The changes from the plan to the policy included stipulated penalties with corresponding fees for illegal watering or water use that goes against State law.
B) Water Waste Policy – Changes to this policy include clarifications to the enforcement section which outlines the warning schedule and fees that are associated with disconnections.
10) Miscellaneous Fee Schedule – This schedule has been updated to reflect additional fees that are stipulated in the Drought Policy and the Water Waste Policy.
11) Public Comment and Participation Policy – This new policy addresses how individuals make public comments during a Board meeting. There are provisions for time limits, how speakers are chosen (if necessary), how time may be extended, and how the Board may choose to respond to public comment. There are also guidelines on what topics are off-limits, and general behavior that is expected.
12) Water Line Cost Sharing Projects – This policy is proposed for removal because it is out of date and does not reflect the current practices. The current practices are outlined in Section W303 of the specs, which are approved by the Board.
Establish A Water System Interconnection Reliability Target (IRT) – This policy language has not changed, but is proposed for removal because the MNGWPD requirement no longer exists.
Sub-Metering for New Multi-Family Residential Dwellings – This policy was approved on 9/25/06, and is proposed for removal from the policy manual and included in Water/Sewer Specs.
Rain Sensor Shut-Off Switches for New Irrigation – This policy was approved on 9/25/06, and is proposed for removal from the policy manual and included in Water/Sewer Specs.

Mrs. Arp noted that an update regarding water and sewer specifications would be provided to the Board at next month’s meeting.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE POLICES #1-3 AND #7-11 PER STAFF RECOMMENDATION, AND TO APPROVE THE REMOVAL OF POLICIES #4-6 AND #12 FROM THE POLICY MANUAL. All members present voted for the motion.

6. MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 2/28/22 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.

7. BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones reported total operating revenues are approximately $112,917.00 below budget projections for the period ending 1/31/22. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $949,132.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $3,644,032.00 for the period ending 1/31/22.

8. CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 15.839 MGD for the month of February 2022 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 61.18” for the past twelve months.

9. JEFF HOOPER PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS. Mr. Hooper 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 1.7 MG. Mr. Hooper reported an average daily treatment of 4.7 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.360 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

11. DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Fowler noted that Authority crews should be laying pipe on Hwy. 20 next week.

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

13. MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING A REAL ESTATE ITEM IDENTIFIED AS 2022-PARCEL ONE. All members present voted for the motion.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION. All members present voted for the motion.

14. MEMBER LISA WOODRUFF RECUSED HERSELF FROM THE MEETING.

15. MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING A REAL ESTATE ITEM IDENTIFIED AS 2022-PARCEL TWO. All members present voted for the motion.

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

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

Board Meeting:  February 28, 2022 ~4:00 P.M.

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

Member Lisa Woodruff was not present at the meeting.

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.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM FREESE AND NICHOLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $291,882.00 FOR DESIGN AND BIDDING SERVICES FOR THE ROSE CREEK WWTP/UV DISINFECTION SYSTEM PROJECT. Mr. Ghorley noted that this scope of work is listed as Item #11 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP list. Mr. Ghorley noted that CCWSA has currently spent $38,632.00 for engineering evaluation funded out of the 2020 annual Engineering Services Contract.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL FROM FREESE AND NICHOLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $291,882.00 FOR DESIGN AND BIDDING SERVICES FOR THE ROSE CREEK WWTP/UV DISINFECTION SYSTEM PROJECT. All members present voted for the motion.

3.  DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM RESIDENTS OF LOWER DOWDA MILL ROAD. Mr. Fowler noted that four people have signed the petition for the line extension on Lower Dowda Mill Road from Soap Creek Road to near Upper Dowda Mill. Mr. Fowler noted an approximate total footage of 3,119 feet for this extension, an estimated task cost of the line of $18,714.00, and a total purchase meter cost of $7,000.00. Mr. Fowler noted there are eleven total properties in the extension area, and eight total properties with road frontage. Mr. Fowler noted an estimated line size of 3” PVC.

Mr. Fowler noted that these petitioners are currently having issues with their wells.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 3,119 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE LOWER DOWDA MILL ROAD AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $18,714.00. All members present voted for the motion.

4.  MOTION BY HARRY JOHNSTON AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 1/31/22 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members present voted for the motion.

5.  MOTION BY HARRY JOHNSTON AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE 2/7/22 CALL MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. Members Johnston, Dabbs, and Martin voted for the motion. Members Wilmarth and Mansell abstained from voting. Motion passed.

6.  BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,015,884.00 below budget projections for the period ending 12/31/21. Mrs. Jones noted that total operating expenses are approximately $840,565.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $1,778,068.00 for the period ending 12/31/21.

7.  CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 16.178 MGD for the month of January 2022 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 58.50” for the past twelve months.

8.  JAMIE VELEY PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF MIKE VENTERS. Mr. Veley reported an average daily treatment of 3.2 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.0 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 0.305 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

10.  DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Fowler noted that Authority crews are currently working on several County road projects.

11.  TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. Mr. Heard noted that Board policy updates would be included on next month’s agenda.

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

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION. All members present voted for the motion.

13.  MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO AUTHORIZE TOM HEARD TO NEGOTIATE ON TWO PARCELS OF LAND, DESIGNATED AS 2022-PARCEL ONE AND 2022-PARCEL TWO. MR HEARD WILL REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD CONCERNING THESE NEGOTIATIONS AT A LATER DATE. All members present voted for the motion.

14.  MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO ADJOURN. All members present voted for the motion.

Board Meeting:  January 31, 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, Joey Buice, Greg Long, Mike Venters, Keith Allen, Mark Cochran, Jennifer Arp, Melanie Stephens, Garry Hensley, Jeff Hooper, Gaye Blackwell, Eric Wright, and Sharon Clark.

Gary Winchester, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF CONTRACT INCREASE REQUEST #2 FROM GEO-HYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,857.00 FOR MATERIALS TESTING ON THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT. Mr. Ghorley noted this increase is due to additional testing of backfill soils for the wet well. Mr. Ghorley noted a current contract amount of $12,085.15, and an increased contract amount of $14,942.15.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE CONTRACT INCREASE REQUEST #2 FROM GEO-HYDRO ENGINEERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,857.00 FOR MATERIALS TESTING ON THE BLANKETS CREEK CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECT. All members voted for the motion.

3.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID RECEIVED FROM HEAVY CONSTRUCTORS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $572,700.00 FOR THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD AND SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT. Mr. Ghorley noted that this project is listed as Item #5 under Asset Replacement on the current CIP list, with a total original estimated cost of $350,000.00.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO AMEND THE AUTHORITY’S CURRENT CIP LISTING TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD AND SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT FROM $350,000.00 TO $572,700.00. All members voted for the motion.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF HEAVY CONSTRUCTORS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $572,700.00 FOR THE LITTLE RIVER WASTEWATER PUMP STATION – VFD AND SCADA UPGRADE PROJECT. All members voted for the motion.

4.  COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF CONTRACT CHANGE ORDER #2 IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,232.00 FOR THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT PLATE SETTLER PROJECT – PHASE 1. Mr. Ghorley noted this change is an addition of eight ladders to the basins for access to the top of the plates for maintenance purposes. Mr. Ghorley reported a current contract amount of $1,858,408.00, and a revised contract amount of $1,888,640.00.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE CONTRACT CHANGE ORDER #2 IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,232.00 FOR THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT PLATE SETTLER PROJECT – PHASE 1. All members voted for the motion.

5.  DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A LETTER FROM CAROL KETTERING. In this letter, Ms. Kettering noted that she would like to thank the Board for their service to our community and for allowing her to bring to the Board’s attention some major concerns that the residents of McCurley Road have. In this letter, Ms. Kettering noted that she has a petition signed by most of the residents, with the exception of those on the lake in a private gated community that she has no access to. Ms. Kettering noted that those residents live off of Big K Drive that runs off of McCurley Road.

In this letter, Ms. Kettering noted that in addition to major road renovations needed, the residents of McCurley Road also have problems with their outdated water line. She feels that since the lines were installed decades ago, and a lot of growth has occurred, the lines are not efficient anymore.

Ms. Kettering further noted in this letter that McCurley Road has several residents that have very low pressure. Ms. Kettering feels this will only worsen with the new tap-on not yet completed to Big K Drive. It will run to a community with several homes on the lake that currently has well water.

In this letter, Ms. Kettering also noted that there was horrible house fire at 7168 McCurley Road a couple of months ago. When the fire trucks arrived, they had no hydrants to hook up to. Waiting for a third truck with water, when it arrived, they had to move cars and the second truck around to even get water to the fire. Ms. Kettering noted this wasted valuable time. Ms. Kettering stated that she feels the narrow street didn’t help matters, as well.

Ms. Kettering further noted that the residents live on land with a lot of woods that back up to Corp. of Engineers property on both sides (lake side, creek side, and at the end of the road). Ms. Kettering feels that the fire, if it hadn’t rained a little earlier in the day, could have spread very easily across the entire area, and could have cost lives, as well as wildlife. Ms. Kettering noted that many elderly and disabled people live in the area.

Ms. Kettering noted that the residents are requesting that new lines be run and fire hydrants be installed. Ms. Kettering stated that the residents are all concerned that if another fire occurs, there would be a horrible outcome due to the fact the residents don’t have access to sufficient water.

Ms. Kettering further noted in this letter that not only as a County should we do all we can do to keep up with the new growth, but we should not neglect the residents and their safety. Many of these residents have been here for decades.

Dwayne Fowler noted that this project, if approved, would include the installation of approximately 4,200’ of 8” DIP, at an approximate cost to the Authority of $315,000.00, plus hydrant costs of approximately $20,000.00, resulting in an approximate total of $335,000.00 to obtain fire protection for this area.

Mr. Fowler noted the line would be a 4,200’ dead-end line. Therefore, there may be water quality issues that would require extensive line flushing to maintain water quality.

Mr. Fowler noted that the petition that Ms. Kettering has included is to the Cherokee County Fire Marshal and Cherokee leaders to place fire hydrants on McCurley Road to reduce the risk of another destructive fire. Mr. Fowler noted that there are currently 28 existing meters in this area. Dwayne Fowler cautioned that approval of this request would set a precedent, and noted that this road is a smaller County road. Mr. Fowler noted that if the Authority installed new water lines in this area, and the County decided at a later date to widen the road, the Authority could potentially then have to relocate the water lines.

Tom Heard noted that Ms. Kettering has sent a request to the District Commissioner to have the road widened.

Nancy Martin noted that she feels it is a little premature for the Authority to consider this request since the County has been requested to improve the road first.

Tom Heard noted that the Authority is in the drinking water business and that fire protection is an added benefit where lines are adequate with demands. However, fire protection services are not our original purpose.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN BY THE BOARD AT THIS TIME WITH REGARD TO THIS ISSUE.

6.  DWAYNE FOWLER REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM ROB HOGAN, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER – PUBLIC WORKS, OF THE CITY OF WOODSTOCK. In this letter, Mr. Hogan noted that the City of Woodstock requests relinquishment of CCWSA service area in the vicinity of Hames Road at Hwy. 92 as specifically outlined on the attached maps (ATTACHED) and delineated as parcels:
(1) 15N18 075 155 Hames Rd. (Racetrac)
(2) 15N18 074 211 Hames Rd.
(3) 15N18 073 213 Hames Rd.
(4) 15N18 107A 209 Hames Rd.
(5) 15N18 107B 11476 Hwy. 92
(6) 15N18E 016 308 Sunlight Dr.
(7) 15N18E 005 310 Sunlight Dr.

Dwayne Fowler noted that Woodstock City Council has approved acceptance of this service area, pending relinquishment by the Authority.

MOTION BY ERIC WILMARTH AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE CCWSA RELINQUISHMENT OF THE SEVEN PARCELS LISTED ABOVE THAT ARE IN THE VICINITY OF HAMES ROAD AT HWY. 92 TO THE CITY OF WOODSTOCK. All members voted for the motion.

7.  DWAYNE FOWLER REPORTED THAT THE AUTHORITY, IN EARLY DECEMBER, RECEIVED A NOTICE-TO-PROCEED FROM CHEROKEE COUNTY ON THE WILEY BRIDGE ROAD AT COX ROAD ROUNDABOUT PROJECT. Mr. Fowler noted that the Authority needs to relocate water mains on this roundabout at an approximate cost of $20,000.00.

MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE EXPENDITURE OF APPROXIMATELY $20,000.00 FOR WATER MAIN RELOCATION FOR THE WILEY BRIDGE ROAD AT COX ROAD ROUNDABOUT PROJECT. All members voted for the motion.

8.  MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY ERIC WILMARTH TO APPROVE THE 12/13/21 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 $90,210.00 below budget projections for the period ending 10/31/21. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $431,757.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $1,318,094.00 for the period ending 10/31/21.

Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $686,252.00 below budget projections for the period ending 11/30/21. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $742,263.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $1,535,781.00 for the period ending 11/30/21.

10.  CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 16.458 MGD for the month of December 2021 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility. Mr. Blackwell also reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft. Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 58.86” for the past twelve months.

11.  VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT 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 1.5 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.0 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.290 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

12.  JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT. Mrs. Arp noted that two spills occurred during this reporting period. The first spill occurred on 1/1/22 at Antler Way. Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 7,200 gallons were spilled due to a blockage in the line. Authority crews cleared the line to correct the problem.

Mrs. Arp noted that the second spill occurred on 1/11/22 at Hidden Valley Drive. Mrs. Arp noted that approximately 9,660 gallons were spilled due to debris in the manhole. Authority crews cleared the line to correct the problem.

13.  DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT HWY. 20 PROJECT NUMBER 0002862 HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR.

14.  TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. MR. HEARD NOTED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT IN DAWSON COUNTY THAT IS NEXT TO OUR RESERVOIR AT THE CRYSTAL FALLS GOLF COURSE PROPERTY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE EPD FOR A VERY SMALL 35,000 GPD WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.

15.  ERIC WILMARTH RECUSED HIMSELF FROM THE MEETING SINCE HE IS THE REQUESTOR FOR THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

16.  TOM HEARD NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A REQUEST FROM ERIC WILMARTH, CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND. The City of Ball Ground is requesting that CCWSA reserve an additional 30,000 gallons per day of water capacity for wholesale purchase by the City of Ball Ground to be initially designated for use at the “Leo Taylor Lane” meter location on Ball Ground Hwy.

The City of Ball Ground further requests that 30,000 gallons per day of sewer capacity be reserved for wholesale treatment for the City of Ball Ground at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

It is the City’s understanding under the current rate structure that the cost of this capacity reservation is $2.50 per gallon for water and $10.00 per gallon for sewer treatment for a total of $375,000.00.

Tom Heard noted that staff recommends approval of this request.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE REQUEST OF THE CITY OF BALL GROUND FOR CCWSA TO RESERVE AN ADDITIONAL 30,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF WATER CAPACITY FOR WHOLESALE PURCHASE BY THE CITY OF BALL GROUND AT THE LEO TAYLOR LANE METER LOCATION ON BALL GROUND HIGHWAY, AND FOR CCWSA TO RESERVE AN ADDITIONAL. 30,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF SEWER CAPACITY FOR WHOLESALE PURCHASE BY THE CITY OF BALL GROUND AT THE RIVERBEND WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY AT A TOTAL COST OF $375,000.00. All members present voted for the motion.

17.  MEMBER WILMARTH RE-ENTERED THE MEETING.

18.  MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING A REAL ESTATE ITEM. All members voted for the motion.

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

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

Web Developer: StudioSR, LLC
Looking to start a new career? We would love to have youJoin Our Team!
+ +