John Sweitzer, president of Sweitzer Engineering in Acworth, updated the council on work at the Dawson Street well.
“We videotaped the well as requested by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and there was no indication of any of the previous problems,” he said. “However, we discovered the well was full of sediment — about 30 feet of sand and silt — and needs to be cleaned out immediately.”
Sweitzer said the well pipe needs to be cleaned using an air pump at a cost of $13,800 plus installing a finer filter and a retention system.
The Dawson Street well had tested positive for fecal coliform and E. coli in February and a loan was requested from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“I was told in March we were approved by the company that makes the actual loan,” Mayor Ron Casey said. “The USDA doesn’t actually make these loans. The Georgia Environmental Financial Authority executes the loans for water, sewer and solid waste infrastructure improvement. But they have all kinds of regulations which will increase the payments to more than $6,000 a month.”
The report was tabled until the next council meeting.
The council also considered changing names and addresses within the town.
“This problem has been with us for a quite a while,” Casey said. “We have three problem streets where the numbers are duplicated based on east and west. The people at the post office said they have no problem with us changing the street names and numbers as long as we keep them notified. I hope we can put together a group to correct these problems.”
The council also:
• heard a request to clean ditches on Main, Cemetery and East Lee streets
• amended an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Cartersville to correct an error
• heard bids for a new scoreboard for the city baseball field
• heard a request to add seven trash cans in downtown
• heard a request to remodel the concession stand at the city baseball field
Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m.