What: Gainesville City Council
When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway
Gainesville is looking to make widespread water system improvements to prepare for future development but also address water issues raised by area residents.
City Council is set to vote Tuesday on awarding the $2.1 million project to Strickland & Sons Pipeline.
The work, which will be covered by the city Department of Water Resources capital project fund, will take place off Innisbrook Lane, Lori Lane and White Sulphur Road in North Hall.
Also, in North Hall, improvements are planned off North Browning Bridge Road, Browning Place and John Reynolds Road, near Don Carter State Park.
In South Hall, the city is eyeing improvements off Gaines Ferry and Pine Vale roads.
As part of the effort, “we’re going to get us some new customers,” Mayor Danny Dunagan said, speaking at a council work session Thursday. “That’s a good deal.”
According to the resolution approving the contract, the water resources department “has determined locations in its service area where new water service is needed due to citizen petitions and/or system operational upgrades.”
Putting in lines under railroad tracks off Ga. 365 is a significant part of the work, said Kelly Randall, water resources director.
“That … has really grown into an industrial area and historically there hasn’t been the water supply necessary up there to go industrial, so we’re trying to expand that,” he said.
Randall was referring to improvements on White Sulphur near Gainesville Industrial Park North.
“Yeah, that’s a good thing, because (industrial growth) is coming,” Dunagan said.
“The (work) we’re doing on White Sulphur is also going to allow us to abandon some outdated cast-iron pipe, so we’re kind of taking care of two things with that project — preparing for the future and upgrading the pipe,” said Jason Perry, city project manager.