Gainesville City Council is expected to consider approving $135,000 for conceptual drawings of improvements to the Riverside Water Treatment Plant at its meeting next week.
Once the concept plans are created, the city plans to hold a community meeting for residents to look at the proposed project and give feedback. The city plans a second public meeting if changes need to be made.
Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall estimated it will take about two months before the first meeting is scheduled.
“Because the (new) building will be relatively large, you all had expressed some concerns that perhaps we as a developer should really be able to provide the community with the same level of information that a developer would have when they come to bring a shopping center or whatever to a neighborhood,” Randall said.
The preliminary engineering and public outreach cost is $119,000, with $16,000 for legal services and salaries. The total design and public participation costs are about $719,000 and the cost of the entire project is estimated around $8 million.
Proposed improvements include construction of a 3,200-square-foot chemical building on the property, across Crepe Myrtle Lane from where the existing plant is located. The tall, one-story structure will house a new chemical treatment system, including new storage and feed systems that can treat about 25 million gallons a day. It also incudes new alum, lime, sodium hypochlorite and chloride dioxide.
In other wastewater business, the council will likely consider extending sewer service to the Milton Martin Honda dealership on Browns Bridge Road. Foote Miller Properties LLC also plans to build an automotive repair shop on land on the northwest side of the intersection of McEver and Gould roads. A car wash facility currently sits there.
Business partners Jim Foote and Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, have agreed to bring the business completely into the city in exchange for connecting to the city system. Part of the automotive dealership is in unincorporated Hall County.
Gainesville will pay about $33,000 to connect the company to the sewer system, but it will benefit because the agreement allows Gainesville to put an easement across the property, allowing easier access to future economic development in the area, Randall said.
Foote Miller will pay fees, including a $3,570 connection fee, an administration fee of $107 and a $500 annexation application fee.