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Gainesville City Council defers bidding process

Water treatment plant to be discussed at next meeting

POSTED: April 3, 2013 12:13 a.m.

The Gainesville City Council removed the resolution to bid out design services on the Riverside Drive Water Treatment Plant from its Tuesday meeting agenda.

Councilman Bob Hamrick made the motion, saying that the Riverside Homeowners Association was meeting Tuesday night and was going to discuss the project. Hamrick said it wasn’t meeting because of the project, but it was going to be discussed.

The resolution is to replace, upgrade and move the plant’s chemical systems to a new building constructed on the site. Part of the project includes rerouting Crepe Myrtle Lane to the far west of the property to fence off the buildings.

City staff have said the current building was built in the 1950s, and that worn chemical systems pose a safety hazard to the plant’s workers and the nearby communities.

The new building is expected to be about 3,600 square feet and as tall as a typical two-story building.

City Council members expressed concern at the council work session last week that they want to spend about $700,000 designing a building residents wouldn’t like and the city might have to pay more to change it.

Hamrick asked that the item be put on the agenda for the next meeting.

In other business, the council approved intergovernmental agreements with Hall County and with the town of Braselton.

Council members approved a building swap with the county that gives Gainesville sole ownership of the once “joint” Administration Building and Hall County a piece of city property on Prior Street. Hall County owned part of the administration building in downtown Gainesville, but moved into new headquarters on Browns Bridge Road last year.

The City Council also agreed to take over the sewer billing for the town of Braselton at the meeting. Gainesville already supplies water service to the town and Braselton has its own sewer service. Gainesville will be able to turn off the water of customers who don’t pay their water bills, which Braselton is unable to do. Gainesville will send the payments collected to Braselton quarterly, minus a 3 percent collection fee.


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