Lula is preparing to extend its sewer system to provide service to two corridors on Belton Bridge Road and Ga. 365 in anticipation of development in the city.
The approximately $1.25 million project will likely be funded by a loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, according to City Manager Dennis Bergin. The city will be holding a public hearing next month to inform people about the extension and fulfill requirements for the loan application.
The extension will add about 12,100 feet to the sewer line.
Bergin said the city has been in contact with several developers inquiring about the area in North Hall near Belton Bridge Road and Ga. 365, or Cornelia Highway.
“We anticipate that (the sewer line extension) would open that corridor up on (Ga.) 365 for development, which is what naturally happens with water and sewer infrastructure improvements,” Bergin said.
The sewer line currently has about 1,100 customers. Bergin said the extension of the line would allow the city to close its 5th Street pump station, leaving Lula with four stations.
Bergin said Lula plans to continue providing sewer services for residents, although officials are open to discussions with Hall County about a potential buyout.
“We’ve sought a partnership with them, and that hasn’t matured yet, but as we stand here today, our service area is going to continue to be provided by the city of Lula. … We’ll also continue to dialogue with the county because we can establish more working together than we can independent of each other, and we look forward to those conversations,” Bergin said.
The county is required by its 2017 service delivery agreement to enter into good faith negotiations with Lula about acquiring its sewer system, according to county spokeswoman Katie Crumley. The service delivery agreement aims to avoid duplication of services between the county and its municipalities.
Bergin and Crumley both confirmed that the city and the county have been in contact about the sewer system, but no official decisions have been made.
Bergin said extending the sewer line to the area of Belton Bridge Road and Ga. 365 would help spur development that could benefit both the county and the city.
“The opportunity for commercial retail is prominent at that particular intersection. It really should be a win-win when it’s all said and done,” he said.
Construction will likely begin later this year or early next year and would take about six or seven months, Bergin said. No road closures are anticipated during construction.
Lula sewer line public meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16
Where: Lula City Hall, 6055 Main St.