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City and county offer updates on water projection

A number of projects are getting underway in McDuffie County, while one big one is coming to an end, local governing officials learned last week during a joint city/county meeting with the Thomson-McDuffie County Water and Sewer Commission.

During the meeting, which was held at Thomson City Hall, McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton informed other officials that clean-up operations are underway at Belle Meade for a sewer project that took longer to install than originally planned.

Mr. Newton said residents living at Belle Meade have a deadline of Aug. 31, 2008, to sign up for sewer services.

In a unrelated water matter, Mr. Newton said eight contractors have picked up bid applications for a 72-mile water expansion project.

The water expansion is planned for the southern portion of McDuffie County.

"We are finally able to move forward on this project," Mr. Newton said.

Thomson City Administrator Don Powers, meanwhile, provided updates on the GAC filter construction, as well as the expansion of the Big Creek Water Treatment Plant.

In other business, water and sewer commission members approved of an assessment being done for watershed and an engineering analysis contract being drawn up with O'Brien and Gere.

The work, in conjunction with Nutter, Inc., will cost $76,800 with funding for it coming out of SPLOST IV. Such an analysis is required in order to get a permit through the Georgia Department of Environmental Division to develop and implement a Watershed Protection Plan.

"This is the first phase of it," Mr. Powers said.

Under a Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan application of $2.2 million, some of the money is planned for funding several small projects in the county. Those projects include:

- Whiteoak and Harrison roads sewer;

- Whiteoak Subdivision pump station and force main;

- Augusta Road South sewer service;

- Dudley Nursery sewer extension; and

- U.S. Highway 78 at Stagecoach road pump station and force main.

The costs associated with those projects is expected to total $276,500, according to Mr. Powers.

Mr. Powers also explained that an extension of water and sewer project currently is underway at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport to offer service to the hangars there. That project is estimated to cost $25,000 - funding again coming from SPLOST IV.

Another project approved by members included life station rehabilitation. That project, which would cost $37,863.45, would refurbish Westwood's and Betsey Branch pump stations and replace certain pumps and valves. Funding for it also would come from SPLOST IV.

Web posted on Thursday, October 04, 2007

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