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Kingston residents continue to wait for answers to water woes

Kingston’s water woes continue to bedevil its residents.

At Monday’s meeting, longtime resident Billy Moore came to the meeting for a second time to try to get some answers about his water problem. Moore, who lives on Moore’s Spring Road, approached the council at the July session, saying his house and his five rental units all share a single well and he wanted to be able to utilize more than one water source.

“With these droughts we’ve been having, you just never know what is going on in that well,” he said. “I want to make sure we all have enough water in the future.”

Moore lives in the county water district but he wants to be in the Kingston district, as he was before he dug his well.

He learned that he would have a big problem with water pressure because the Kingston pipes were too small and he lived in the last house on the line.

He offered to install 2,000 feet of a larger diameter water line if the city would take care of all the permits.

But in order to get the permits, the city would have to jump through governmental hoops — then jump some more.

Back in 2008, the legislature adopted the Georgia Comprehensive State-wide Water Management Plan, which divided the state into water service districts.

“In order to change to another district,” City Clerk Kelly Ensley said, “you have to petition every surrounding city, which in our case, includes White, Adairsville, Euharlee, Taylorsville and Cartersville, plus the county and get approval from each one. It’s a long and expensive process.”

Expensive is right. How about $20,000?

Kingston mayor Chuck Wise seemed visibly shaken as he looked at the estimate. A long pause followed before he said, “We have received some estimates of the cost, and at the rate of the expense, I don’t see any way the city can fund that.”

Moore countered that he had volunteered at the last meeting to install all the lines including tunneling under the road.

“I thought all I would have to do is crank up the backhoe and dig me a trench,” Moore said.

Councilman Mike Abernathy seemed confused by the estimate.

“It says on here that it is going to cost $5,000 to bore under the road,” he said. “That’s the total city’s cost right?”

“No,” Ensley said. “It’s $20,000. It’s not just a matter of drilling under the road. You have to get him out of their service area and into our service area, get all the right of ways involved and that involves attorneys — it’s a lot more than just boring under the road.”

Plus, Ensley said, there’s EPA regulations that have to be met.

“Well, this is a high horse, anyway you jump on it,” Abernathy said.

Next, Brittany and Pam Williams approached the council wanting to tie in to the Kingston water system for a house Brittany Williams is building.

At first they were told that they could tie in to the system, then later, they were told they would have to dig a well, which will add $6,000 more to Brittany Williams’ already strapped finances.

“The neighbor across the road has city water, but we can’t have it,” Pam Williams said.

Councilman Peyton Silver explained that the reason is the system in that area doesn’t loop.

“It just dead-ends there,” he said. “So there is absolutely no water pressure.”

Wise said it was a matter of lack of water pressure as well as the quality of the water.

“I hate to disappoint you, but we just don’t have good pressure out there,” he said.

“What about if we only flush one toilet?” Pam Williams quipped.

In other actions council:

•  Accepted a $25,000 grant and a $27,600 loan from the USDA to purchase a 2016 GMC Tahoe 4WD, police car.

•  Authorized Sweitzer Engineering to prepare bids to make the intersection of Reynolds Bridge Road and Main Street a three-way stop.

•  Authorized $4,000 to $5,000 to repair the arch in the city park. The arch, which was erected in 1912, is suffering from structural damage.

•  Authorized the purchase of rubber chips to fill the sandbox in the city playground.

•  Received authorization from CSX Railroad to enter their property to clean the ditches along Railroad Street.

The Kingston City Council will meet on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at Kingston City Hall.

Last modified onTuesday, 08 August 2017 23:33
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