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New sewer, water lines approved

First Posted: 9:28 am - June 26th, 2015

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Thomaston has been busy the last few years replacing aging water lines, and continues to do so, but the city is also working on replacing its sewer lines. At their last two meetings, the Thomaston City Council has approved more than $5 million worth of sewer and water line replacement work.

At their June 2 meeting, the council approved an expenditure of up to $3.9 million to replace sewer lines along Town Branch and Avalon Road, approximately 7,000 feet. City Manager Patrick Comiskey said the project actually came in under the estimated cost.

“The engineering estimate was a little over $3.4 million and he was just under $3.4 million,” Comiskey said. “I’m asking council to authorize the expenditure of up to $3.9 million for the engineering and sewer line work, and also the oversight work. We have a low bid of just under $3.4 million, but want authorization of up to $3.9 million to cover additional engineering and oversight contingency costs.”

Mayor Hays Arnold noted it is always good when a project’s bid comes in closed to what was expected.

“It is always more comfortable with that” he said. “This will be another major project going on in the community and it will benefit the community. We’re glad to be a part of making this possible.”

At their June 16 meeting, the council also authorized Comiskey and City Attorney Joel Bentley to spend up to $35,000 to negotiate for land easements for the Town Branch project.

At the June 2 meeting, the council also approved:

-Up to $90,000 for design work on the next sewer line project. Comiskey said it will be a continuation of work on the Town Branch/Avalon Road project.

-Authorization to spend up to $25,000 for work associated with replacing approximately 250 feet of sewer line under Mill Race Road.

– Authorization to spend up to $25,000 for sewer line extension under A Street, near the Martha Mill Building.

At their June 16 meeting, the council approved a request from the city manager for approval of a Drinking Water Revolving Fund Resolution for establishing a loan with Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority.

“The city is looking to do a revolving loan of $2 million, Comiskey explained to the council. “The interest rate is 1.03 percent, and we’ll have $500,000 forgiven if we spend the full amount. Plus, this is matching of the CDBG grant that we already having approval of, which is another $500,000. This will be a continuation of the water line project which will involve the southeast section of Silvertown East Village. We’ll be able to eliminate old lines that have been leaking.

Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head stated with it being a $2 million project, with $500,000 being forgivable, and with a 1.03 interest rate, it is pretty incredible that type of deal is available.

“It will help us accomplish a lot of things we need to do,” Head said. “This deal is historically pretty incredible.”

The council also gave Comiskey approval to hire Allen Smith Consulting to put together a Fiscal Year 2016 Community Block Grant Application. This is for replacing water mains and connections in Silvertown West Village.

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.

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