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Board Meeting: February 26, 2024 @ 4:00 PM

PERSONS PRESENT: Eric Wilmarth, Barry Mansell, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Becky Dabbs, John Workman, Dwayne Fowler, David Kubala, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Garry Hensley, Jody Henson, Keith Allen, Mark Cochran, Mike Venters, Melissa Darvish, Melanie Stephens, Greg Long, Joey Buice, Jamie Veley, Bryan Watkins, Eric Wright, Sharon Clark, Shayne Fowler, and Ryan Sarks.

Eric Wilmarth, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2. DARRELL CAUDILL NOTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF AN EASEMENT RELINQUISHMENT REQUEST FROM JIM BELL. Mr. Caudill noted that Mr. Bell has requested relinquishment of the easement on behalf of Chadwick’s Crossing, LP, Parcel 02N03 186.

Mr. Caudill noted that the Authority had acquired this easement from Mr. Bell in 1996, and had paid Mr. Bell in the amount of $14,086.52 for the easement. Mr. Bell has now requested that the Authority relinquish this easement back to him.

Mr. Caudill cautioned that relinquishing this easement back to Mr. Bell could be considered a gratuity, and would be a violation of State law. Therefore, Mr. Caudill recommends that the Authority retain the easement.

IT WAS THE CONSENSUS OF THE BOARD FOR COUNSEL TO INFORM MR. BELL THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS DECIDED TO RETAIN THE EASEMENT. THEREFORE, MR. BELL’S REQUEST IS DENIED.

3. MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 1/29/24 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.

4. BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $1,003,845.00 above budget projections for the period ending 12/31/23. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $686,964.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $6,085,874.00 for the period ending 12/31/23.

5. CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 18.430 MGD for the month of January 2024 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 50.53” for the past twelve months.

6. MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 3.0 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of .695 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.9 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.403 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

7. DAVID KUBALA PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT IN THE ABSENCE OF JENNIFER ARP. Mr. Kubala reported that no spills or overflows occurred during this reporting period.

8. GARRY HENSLEY PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Hensley noted that Authority crews are continuing work on Upper Bethany Road, and noted that the Technology Parkway Roundabout project is now complete.

9. DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT.

10. MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO ADJOURN. All members voted for the motion.

Board Meeting: January 29, 2024 @ 9:00 AM

PERSONS PRESENT: Eric Wilmarth, Barry Mansell, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Becky Dabbs, John Workman, Dwayne Fowler, David Kubala, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Jennifer Arp, Garry Hensley, Joey Buice, Mike Venters, Mark Cochran, Greg Long, Jamie Veley, Jody Henson, Melissa Darvish, Eric Wright, Keith Allen, Shayne Fowler, Ryan Sarks, Jeff Hooper, Sharon Clark, and Carleton Sherrer.

Eric Wilmarth, Chair, called the meeting to order.

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

2.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID RECEIVED FROM CROWDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WPCP HEADWORKS REHABILITATION/IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,637,000.00. Mr. Ghorley noted this scope of work is listed as Item #4 under Asset Replacement on the Authority’s current CIP. Mr. Ghorley reported an approved construction budget of $3,600,000.00.

MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF CROWDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WPCP HEADWORKS REHABILITATION/IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,637,000.00. All members voted for the motion.

3.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM HAZEN & SAWYER ENGINEERS FOR CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WPCP HEADWORKS IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $217,800.00.

MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL FROM HAZEN & SAWYER ENGINEERS FOR CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES FOR THE FITZGERALD CREEK WPCP HEADWORKS IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $217,800.00. All members voted for the motion.

4.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE LOW BID FROM TADO CONSTRUCTION, LLC FOR THE ROSE CREEK WPCP BYPASS PUMPING PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $548,943.00. Mr. Ghorley noted this scope of work is listed as Item #13 under Construction Expansion/Upgrade on the Authority’s current CIP. Mr. Ghorley noted an approved construction budget of $642,500.00.

MOTION BY JOHN WORKMAN AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE LOW BID OF TADO CONSTRUCTION, LLC FOR THE ROSE CREEK WPCP BYPASS PUMPING PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $548,943.00. All members voted for the motion.

5.   COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A PROPOSAL FROM ATKINS REALIS FOR CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES FOR THE ROSE CREEK WPCP BYPASS PUMPING PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $39,963.00.

MOTION BY BECKY DABBS AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL FROM ATKINS REALIS FOR CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES FOR THE ROSE CREEK WPCP BYPASS PUMPING PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $39,963.00. All members voted for the motion.

6.   GARRY HENSLEY REPORTED THAT THE AUTHORITY IS IN RECEIPT OF A PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN FROM RESIDENTS OF MARKS WAY. Mr. Hensley noted that six residents have signed the petition. Mr. Hensley noted an approximate total footage of 3,252 feet for this extension, an estimated task cost of the line of $19,512.00, and a total purchase meter cost of $15,000.00. Mr. Hensley noted there are 17 total properties in the extension area, and 13 total properties with road frontage. Mr. Hensley noted an estimated line size of 3” PVC.

MOTION BY JOHN WORKMAN AND SECOND BY LISA WOODRUFF TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATELY 3,252 FEET OF 3” WATER MAIN FOR THE MARKS WAY AREA AT AN APPROXIMATE COST TO THE AUTHORITY OF $19,512.00. All members voted for the motion.

7.   MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE 12/18/23 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. All members voted for the motion.

8.   BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones noted that total operating revenues were approximately $2,126,366.00 above budget projections for the period ending 10/31/23. Mrs. Jones noted that total operating expenses were approximately $316,210.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $4,254,646.00 for the period ending 10/31/23.

Mrs. Jones noted that total operating revenues were approximately $1,516,289.00 above budget projections for the period ending 11/30/23. Mrs. Jones noted that total operating expenses were approximately $767,198.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $5,009,483.00 for the period ending 11/30/23.

9.   CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 17.677 MGD for the month of December 2023 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility. Mr. Blackwell also reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.1 ft. Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 50.97” 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 1.2 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 5.2 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.280 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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

12.   GARRY HENSLEY PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT. Mr. Hensley noted that Authority crews are continuing work on the Upper Bethany Road and Hickory Road connector lines.

13.   DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. MR. FOWLER NOTED THAT STAFF HAS AMENDED THE FORMER “PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF WATER MAIN” DOCUMENT AND HAS DEVELOPED A REVISED DOCUMENT TITLED “REQUEST TO PROVIDE DRINKING WATER ONLY TO UNDERSERVED AREAS” WHEREBY CITIZENS MAY PETITION THE AUTHORITY TO EXTEND CURRENT WATER LINES TO PROVIDE DRINKING WATER FOR EXISTING HOMES. Mr. Fowler noted that citizens of Reavis Mountain Road and Cherry Grove Road would be allowed to re-petition the Authority by utilizing this document.

14.   DWAYNE FOWLER NOTED THAT AN INTERNAL COMMITTEE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESEARCHING ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE (AMI). Mr. Fowler noted that he anticipates bringing a recommendation to the Board at a later date.

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

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