City, county still working on sewer deal

Thu, 09/13/2007 - 3:02pm
By: John Thompson

“I think we’re getting closer to a deal, but we’ve still got some sticking points to work through.”

That was the assessment of city administrator Richard Ferry after this week’s meeting with Coweta County officials on the allocation of sewer capacity.

In August, the two bodies had met for more than three hours trying to reach an agreement on the allocation of the city’s excess sewer capacity.

The main issue involved in the talks was a service delivery strategy that Senoia officials want to sign with Coweta County. In June, the city learned the EPD had granted preliminary approval for building up to a two million gallon sewer treatment plant that would discharge into Line Creek. But city officials only need one million gallons for growth in the next 20 years, so the city is exploring options with the county over the excess capacity.

Ferry said the service delivery strategy remains one of the thorniest issues in completing the agreement.

Coweta County is interested in the capacity because McIntosh Village, which is slated to break ground late this year, needs one million gallons for its more than 3,100 homes and commercial buildings in unincorporated Coweta County.

Ferry said the city has no problem with the county owning the facility, but wants to make sure the capacity is available for the city’s customers.

The city plans to work on a memorandum of understanding with the county to try and work out the final details of the deal.

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