Water issues resolved at city council

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JASPER, Ga. – Water issues are turning up in force with Jasper dealing with new dump fees and a new leachate site.

The council approved new dump fees for the water pollution control plant. While these new fews do not open the city to new vendors, according to City Manager Brandon Douglas, because of the capacity issues that the city has, they are set to improve and build upon the relations with current vendors as the new fees coincide with a set service fee for these vendors responding to city requests for aid.

The fees are set at $0.06 per gallon with a cap not to exceed $120 for single axle vehicles per trip, and $180 for tandem vehicles. These fees, says Douglas, will help to codify the existing arrangement with vendors. He went on to say that he met with the vendors to speak on the arrangement and the vendors were agreeable with it.

Additionally, Douglas presented options for a new Leachate Site for the city. Leachate is water that has percolated through a solid and leached out some of the constituents. Most commonly, this could be water seeping through trash at a landfill or through other hazardous materials.

The leachate collection site options originally included one property that Mayor Weaver owned, but he stated in the meeting that he did not wish to be considered as he thought it might be “bad form” for him to be a part of it. The additional options included two sites on Liberty Lane.

The first site, 490 Liberty Lane, would require more work and funds as it needs both a lift station and a force main line installed.

The second site, 315 Liberty Lane, was the one Douglas recommended when asked by council as it required less initial costs, instead requiring an agreement with the current property owner.

Douglas noted that lease/purchase was an option for the property and the owner was receptive to the possibility. A lease/purchase option would likely be a 10 year lease.

Council approved Douglas to continue negotiations for the second site and are moving forward for that option with the first site as a possible back-up.

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