Roswell moves forward with water plant despite resident concerns

Two sites possible



ROSWELL, Ga. – Mayor Jere Wood and the Roswell City Council approved a new water treatment plant Dec. 17 at their weekly council meeting.

A $1.2 million contract was approved with Jacob Engineering Group Inc. for the engineering design and construction services for the water plant that will be built in the footprints of the already existing plant on Dobbs Road.  

The firm has already proposed a construction schedule of October – November 2013.

While the location of the water plant is set, the location of its water tank has drawn controversy due to its proximity to the surrounding park and neighborhoods.

Most of the roughly 30 city residents in attendance at Monday night’s meeting were there to see the water tank site decision deferred.

A public hearing will take place Jan. 28 for residents to make comments to Jacobs Engineering officials, who are considering alternative sites for the water tank.

“I just think this is the next point of the process,” Seth Freedman, a Roswell resident, said. “Our community had been disappointed with the process up until this point. We’re very glad to see that they’re starting to hear our viewpoint and to at least consider adding it to their considerations for these projects. We certainly haven’t gotten what we like yet, but we’re happy to have the opportunity to get it.”

Stuart Moring, director of public works, said the point of the hearing next month is “to develop a preliminary plan to begin in February.”

There are two possible sites for the water tanks.

“The alternative sites have been focused around the existing water plant,” said Jeff Pruitt, administrator of parks services. “105 Dobbs Drive and 150 Dobbs Drive, which is parks headquarters. The neighborhood was concerned about pushing it as far towards the existing water plant.”

Also at the meeting:

Solar panels approved for Rec Center

ROSWELL, Ga. – Council approved a contract with Pride Roofing to add solar lighting panels for the East Roswell Recreation Center.

Eighteen skylight panels will be installed in the gymnasium with several more in the lobby and reception room.

These panels are anticipated to last at least 11 years and save approximately $6,000 annually on the electric bill. They will cost the city $66,000 to install.

Roswell, Island Park sister cities

ROSWELL, Ga. – The city board also approved the declaration to become a “Sister City” with the Village of Island Park in New York.

Island Park, near Long Island, one of the areas greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy, recently received a donated surplus fire truck from Roswell.

Councilman Kent Igleheart said the city will make efforts to donate more in the future. 

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