The Adairsville City Council unanimously approved a series of improvements and updates to the city’s water system at Tuesday’s work session.
Atlanta-based FS360 General Contractors was the low bidder, at $1,725,113, to make improvements to the city’s water plant and spring house.
“We were able to get a GEFA loan for $1.9 million and this enables us to do some major repairs,” City Manager Pam Madison said. “It put us in a position to make some major renovations that have been needed for a long time. The improvements will allow better maintenance and better electric efficiency.”
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, or GEFA, directs programs that work to conserve and improve Georgia’s energy, land and water resources by providing loans for water, sewer and solid waste infrastructure improvements.
“We are going to renovate the raw water intake in the spring house and install new, state-of-the-art pumps,” Community Development Director Casey Earley said. “We are also gong to add a third filtration unit at the water plant, which will act as a backup.”
Earley said, Lewis Spring, which feeds pure water into the spring house, has been supplying drinking water to Adairsville for more than a century.
“The city officially began using the spring in 1906, but it has been around a lot longer than that,” Earley said. “It has been there since the early 1800s. Probably the Cherokee showed them where it was at.”
In other business, council:
• Heard a motion to approve an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Bartow County Board of Elections updating the pay of poll workers.
• Heard a motion to approve a malt beverage, wine and distilled spirits pouring license application by Manuel Naranjo, owner of El Pueblito.
• Heard two motions to note for record, $7,600 in emergency repairs at the Depot by McCormick Electric, and Prestige Landscape Group as an approved vendor for the city’s lot clearing services.
• Authorized the city manager to work with Rindt McDuff engineers to identify possible funding for emergency wastewater repairs.
• Authorized a change in the November meetings from Nov. 7 and 9 to Nov. 14 and 16, due to the elections on Nov. 7.
The Adairsville City Council will hold a regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall.