The Adairsville City Council voted unanimously to approve a new sewer use ordinance at Thursday evening’s public meeting, which seeks to create uniform requirements for the local government’s treatment facility users.
“It’s basically incorporating into our ordinance the City’s local limits,” said Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison. “We will now be issuing a pretreatment license for those industries that come into the City that are required to have that kind of a permit.”
The nearly 40-page ordinance became effective immediately after being signed by Adairsville Mayor Ken Carson. The ordinance, among other things, “provides for monitoring, compliance and enforcement activities, establishes administrative review procedures and requires user reporting.”
The ordinance allows the city manager to develop “best management practices” and creates two classes of building sewer permits — one for industrial users and one for residential and commercial services.
Under the ordinance, industrial users would be required to install continuous flow monitors and recorders, as well as monitoring stations with “necessary meters and other appurtenances.” It also establishes new wastewater discharge flow rates and outlines the protocols for the City to issue emergency suspensions and discharge terminations, as well as civil — and if need be, criminal — penalties for noncompliance.
“There should be no impacts to any of our customers as a result of that,” Madison said. “As a matter of fact, it’ll just make our sewer system more efficient and our expansion will be able to go further.”
Speaking of the City of Adairsville's North Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion plans, the council also unanimously approved a motion authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with IHC Construction Companies, LLC, to begin upgrades — pending approval from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) first.
“The GEFA board’s meeting on May 14,” Madison said. “I will then be able to issue a notice to proceed, and we expect that the construction of the new plant — and the potential decommissioning of the old, south wastewater treatment plant — will take about a year and a half.”
She said the estimated $10 million project will double the municipality’s wastewater treatment capacity from 1 million gallons per day to 2 million.
Elgin, Illinois-based IHC is expected to handle the bulk of the project. “I’m sure they will be subbing out some of the work,” Madison said, “but they were the low bidder for the construction of the new plant and the decommissioning of the south plant.”
Such an undertaking is a worthwhile one for the City, Madison said, considering the municipality’s anticipated growth — both in terms of residential population and business investments — in the years ahead.
“We have a good balance of housing, commercial and industrial development, so I think as long as we continue to have jobs here, we will continue to have the housing increase,” she said.
A little over two years ago, the City was awarded a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan — totaling about $9.2 million — from GEFA to finance the project.
According to bidding documents submitted by the City earlier this year, the upgraded plant will have a new triplex influent pump station, a new duplex effluent filter pump station and a new ultraviolet disinfection system, among several other infrastructural additions.
Elsewhere on the agenda, the council voted unanimously to approve a final plat for Phase II of The Adares subdivision, as well as the nominations of Sherry Wrublesky to the local events planning board and Patricia Eastin to the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority.
Also approved was a resolution affirming the City’s commitment to provisions of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program initiatives.
“It’s a requirement for the CDBG grant project that the City has for the Boys & Girls Clubs, just indicating that we are maintaining our ongoing compliance with the rules associated with that grant,” Madison said.