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BOC reopens talks to buy sewer plant

Will hear from owner Tuesday

POSTED: October 19, 2013 12:30 a.m.

Forsyth County commissioners have reopened discussion on purchasing a sewer plant in Johns Creek.

The board on Thursday voted 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff opposed, to reconsider acquiring the Cauley Creek Water Reclamation Facility, a plant on Bell Road just south of the Forsyth line.

Commissioners had voted Sept. 10 to terminate the county’s interest in procuring the plant, which is currently shuttered, but a letter sent Thursday undid that action.

The message invites Cauley Creek owner, Ron Green, to make a presentation to the commission at its work session Tuesday.

The letter was the result of the commission’s nearly 30-minute executive session taken after an open meeting vote to reconsider whether to buy the plant.

Closed session is allowed under Georgia law for discussion of land acquisition, as well as personnel matters or litigation.

When the commission returned to the open meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 to postpone final votes on the construction of the future Shakerag Water Reclamation Facility and a related engineering task order to the Nov. 7 meeting.

The Shakerag plant has been planned to address the growing need for sewer capacity in south Forsyth.

At an Oct. 8 work session, commissioners preliminarily approved a bid for construction of the facility to PC Construction for nearly $29 million from the water and sewer enterprise fund.

Chairman Pete Amos said the commission hopes to get more information first about the Cauley Creek plant.

“In general, the board feels that we have to explore every option for taxpayer money,” Amos said, “and we want to make sure we spend it wisely.”

The Cauley Creek facility had been operating under contract with Fulton County until about a year ago, when that board terminated its agreement.


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