Tyrone votes to consider sewer contract with PTC

Thu, 08/16/2007 - 9:20pm
By: Kevin Wandra

The Tyrone Town Council voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of exploring the possibility of purchasing sewage capacity from the Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority.

Councilman Paul Letourneau made the motion for Tyrone to consider hooking onto Peachtree City's sewer system for up to 500,000 gallons a day. Councilman Michael Smola seconded Letourneau’s motion. Councilwomen Grace Caldwell and Gloria Furr voted against the motion.

Mayor Sheryl Lee provided the deciding vote.

"We need to explore the opportunity with Peachtree City to see how much it costs," Letourneau said.

Caldwell was adamantly opposed to looking into expanding Tyrone's sewer system with Peachtree City's help.

"If we're using only 20-25 percent capacity now, I doubt we need any additional sewer," Caldwell said.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 11:13am.

I am opposed to any sewage tie in to the PTC sewage system.

We do not need to be enabling Wieland, and other developers, to move forward on high density Tyrone area developments. That will further clog 74 and PTC roads, as regards shopping.

The financial gain, from selling the access, is nothing compared to the infrastructure costs, and impacts on PTC residents.

Even thinking about allowing it is ill thought out by the PTC Council.

Sure not wanted by the PTC citizens.

If the Tyrone government feels such growth is beneficial to Tyrone, then they should be able to persuade Tyrone's citizens to bond the building of a sewage facility.

If they cannot persuade the citizen's, then the development is obviously not wanted by the citizens.

We are hoping a final decision, from PTC, will not be made until after our elections.

Don Haddix
Candidate for the Peachtree City Council

Submitted by Don Rehwaldt on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 12:18pm.

Mr. Haddix is right on! It is recognized that PTC currently has excess sewage capacity and, as such, is probably more than willing to shed some of it to a paying customer. PTC's Council turned down Senoia because of its desire to not expand beyond PTC's
borders. It is hopeful that a similar restriction is placed when considering Tyrone. In addition, as Tyrone is only using a small percentage of capacity allotted to it via a contract with Fairburn/Fulton County, it seems that, in the foreseeable future, no
additional capacity is required. As Tyrone now has a 13 year contract with Fairburn, it would be interesting to see Fairburn's reaction to Tyrone's efforts to unilaterally cancel that contract.
Before any decisions are made, the citizens of Tyrone, especially those affected, need to
be informed of all costs involved; either directly or indirectly by way of taxes and associated monthly billings; of the mandatory hook-up to the service via the Town's power of eminent domain; and the costs of abandoning their septic service and filling in the tanks, etc.
And, as prophesized by Tyrone Town Management, would developers REALLY be willing to absorb all these costs? I don't think so. So, let the gathering of data continue until PTC rejects Tyrone's request or until the Tyrone public rejects the need for this superfluous service.

Submitted by OhMy on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 10:55am.

If it were not for Grace and Gloria stating facts in the public forum, this sewer deal would be completed overnight!

Everyone in Tyrone should send letters to the PTC council asking them to postpone any discussions until the new council has been elected.
The bigger issue is that a former WASA board member is now on the PTC council. I bet he has a connection to the Mayberry Gang!!

The tangled web keeps getting bigger!!

Submitted by thelonerangerof... on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 10:02am.

At August 16 Council Meeting, Councilwoman Grace Caldwell tied Town Mgr. Barry Amos in knots with questions about sewer usage. Using Amos' own figures from 2003, the Councilwoman showed that Amos projected 139,000 gallons per day would be needed from Fairburn after build out of the Hwy 74 shopping development in justifying the contract which currently has a $400,000 balance with 13 years remaining. Using current figures of 50-55 gallons Caldwell proved that the usage today after build out was only 20-22% of capacity. Caldwell then accused Amos of misreprenting the need for additional sewage from PTC. The gruesome threesome, Smola, Letourneau & Lee then squashed the argument by voting to continue negotiations with PTC for an additional 500,000 gallons. Mayoral Candidate Smola justified his vote by saying, "we can drop the contract with Fairburn if necessary." Is Smola suggesting breach of contract and encouraging another lawsuit? The additional sewer, while not said, will be for high density development for downtown. The town is already in arrears $263,000 on the Fairburn contract and has hired a lawyer. Caldwell's accusations of misrepresentation is further evidence of fraudulent misrepresentation alleged against Amos in a 2 million lawsuit filed last month.

Submitted by too bad on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 11:06am.

till we get some responsible people in office? How did Amos justify this figure of 500,000 gallons? or did he pull it out of his butt where he normally keeps his head most of the time.

Submitted by too bad on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 10:46am.

well, when we get finished we can send it back to Peachtree city to spray on their scoccer fields I guess. If PTC gives Tyrone that much, that scenic drive on 74 to work will just be one big parking lot.
Wake up PTC, you bitched about Coweta after the fact, now are you gonna stopp this ..BEFORE THE FACT... and give Tyrone only what it needs...to keep it's rural look. That amount would give us about a 1000 gallons for every man, woman, and child, in Tryone.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 8:20am.

Lee's done it again fellow Tyronians. Breaks the tie 3-2 win. What really bothers me is, not too long ago, when Lee wrote a letter to PTC adjacent shopping development, complaining how the heavy traffic will ruin her downtown. Then suddenly, Oh! you have sewer there? It's okay then we will contract to connect with you.

Submitted by too bad on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 10:39am.

My My. Before she copied Grace's plattform for Mayor, she should have ...read..it. Lee ran on controling developement, and now she breaks a tie to get more sewer than we could ever need. Rumor is her house, next to all the developement she has voted for, is already 'spoken for' and will only be recorded after she leaves office, which won't be soon enough for the rest of us. The only defense people can come up with for her is that she is in over her head, that is a nice way of saying she is so stupid she can't help it, but, most good people get in over their heads at least once in their life. The way you can tell the good from the bad is, the good ones admit it and step aside before they cause anymore harm.

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