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Public hearings coming soon about Glades Farm reservoir

POSTED: April 16, 2009 11:06 p.m.

Hall County officials met with Glades Farm representatives Thursday at Chateau Elan to discuss a reservoir nearly 16 years in the making.

Glades Farm is the collective name of thousands of acres in the Ga. 365 corridor of Hall County slated for two massive developments: Cane Creek and Hagen Creek.

A reservoir is planned on 850 of the property’s 7,000 acres. The proposed reservoir will be able to supplement drinking water to the Hall County area.

Harold Reheis briefed four of the commissioners and about 20 staff present about the progress that had been made on the reservoir and what has yet to be done before construction could begin. Commissioner Bobby Banks was absent from the meeting.

Reheis, former director of the Environmental Protection Division, said the first discussions between Glades Farm and the Hall County Board of Commissioners and Gainesville City Council took place in 1993.

In 2000, intergovernmental agreements describing the terms of construction and use were drafted.

Ken Rearden, Hall County Public Works director, reviewed some of the key points of past intergovernmental agreements regarding the reservoir.

Glades Farm agreed to pay for the construction of the dam, while Hall County would pay for any stream or wetland mitigation.

The project now is at the point of public hearings.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soon will issue a public notice with a description of the project and allow 30 to 60 days for public comment.

Reheis estimated the designing and engineering phase will take about one year to complete, followed by two to three years of construction. He projected the reservoir could be complete by 2014 or 2015.



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