Emerson council approves wake park plan
by Neil McGahee
Mar 19, 2013 | 4522 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Emerson City Council unanimously approved construction plans — with several variances added — for Terminus Wake Park, a nearly 20-acre wakeboarding park to be built at LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center in southern Bartow County.

“As you know,” Emerson City Manager Kevin McBurnett told the council, “we have been working on the wake park plan, and we have recently received approval from the city engineer. We received council’s approval for certain variances, including a gravel driveway connected to a paved apron to Old Allatoona Road; a temporary sewage system; cut and fill slope requirements; crushed stone backfill requirements for underground water and sewer mains; and a variance on the undisturbed earth sewer requirements. However, there are a few items that were not included in our previous report that we wanted to make you aware of. The wakeboard park is wishing to be operational before the south road (SR 293) construction is finished. This means they will not have permanent sewer lines, water lines and storm drains nor will they have a permanent entrance in place.”

McBurnett said geotechnical issues may also hamper the construction of a permanent building, which would house the park offices and pro shop. A temporary building — a trailer similar to the one at the LakePoint office site — may be necessary at first.

“Geo-Hydro, their geo-tech engineers, will be on site constantly evaluating the settling and compaction issues,” he said. “They have done a soil sample in the area and they have determined the majority of settlement will occur during the grading — the cut-fill operation. Afterwards, there will be a few more months where they have settlement.”

LakePoint Co-CEO Neal Freeman, his voice rising as he attempted to compete with a blaring tornado siren, told the council, “We’re a little bit at the mercy of the geotech. The site is built over old mining property that must be filled in and part of the pad for the main building is located over fill dirt, so there may be some settling after construction is finished.”

Freeman said he did not want to build a permanent structure until geotechnical engineers declare the fill dirt compaction successful.

With the council’s approval, Freeman said he could start construction in October after the busy season but couldn’t really start building the permanent structure until sufficient compaction occurs.

“The outside, outside date for having the permanent structure done is spring 2015, but goal is to have it complete by the end of 2014,” Freeman said.

The Emerson City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at city hall.