Officials waiting to get blessing from PTC Council

Thu, 05/04/2006 - 3:59pm
By: John Munford

Officials waiting to get blessing from PTC Council

A possible deal for Senoia to pipe some of its sewage to Peachtree City for treatment is on hold until the Peachtree City Council decides how to proceed in the matter, according to the top official at the Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority.

WASA General Manager Larry Turner said the City Council must first vote on whether or not to approve the deal. If council votes to approve the concept, negotiations with Senoia could resume, Turner said.

Under an agreement between WASA and the city, the City Council must approve any extension of the sewer service beyond the city limits. The two groups are scheduled to meet Tuesday night at 7:30 for a workshop on this and several other matters.

The current proposal WASA has offered to Senoia involves a $500,000 payment up front and another $2.5 million in financed payments as a tap-in fee. Also, Senoia would pay $3.50 for each 1,000 gallons of sewage treated each day.

Senoia would also be responsible for building and maintaining the sewer lines that would feed its wastewater to Peachtree City’s Rockaway Road treatment plant.

Even if the deal is ultimately approved, it will be several years before Senoia sends any of its sewage for treatment by WASA, Turner said.

The city currently has an excess of about 2.1 million gallons a day of capacity, officials have said.

The closing of Peachtree City’s Photocircuits plant has had an effect on WASA's revenues; the company accounted for about $400,000 a year in payments to WASA. The authority has used its cash reserves to make do, but eventually if things don’t change a rate increase might be necessary, Turner has said.

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