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Commission Agenda-Setting Session Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Commissioner Carter absent
Consent Agenda: Commissioner Jordan asked that items 1, 2, and 6 be removed from the consent agenda.
Consent Agenda Item #1: Pavement Maintenance Project
Commissioner McCarter: Questioned the priority ranking of a street that was very badly in need of repair but was low on the list. He was told that the first 17 on the list are state mandated.
Consent Agenda Item #2: Barnett Shoals Road Widening and Drainage
Commissioner McCarter: Questioned what the money for this project was being spent on.
Consent Agenda Item #6: Transportation Improvement Program
Item 15, Adjustments to Leisure Services program fees and charges, was put on hold for more input.
Item 16, Establishment of the merit system, is awaiting the second reading and final adoption at the June 4th meeting. Commissioner Sheats: Not in agreement with the part relating to employee health benefits. More information is needed on the HMO program.
Item 17: Selection criteria for the evaluation of additional
wastewater treatment capacity for the North Oconee and Cedar Creek Service
Commissioner Jordan: The evaluation process does not address water quality concerns with the receiving streams such as Cedar Creek. The quality of the discharged waters only meets minimum standards which may not be enough in the future. The new EPA rules allow the buying of "pollution rights" from other polluters on a TDML stream and this might be an option to use to increase discharges from treatment plants. However, the county watershed assessment will take another 2 to 3 years to complete and, even though the money is not budgeted, the assessment should go forward ASAP so that the county government knows where they stand on water quality and can make decisions on allowable discharging of pollutants.
Commissioner Jordan: What the capacity is of the 3 plants, how close are they to capacity, and how do development projections affect that capacity? Reply: Should be OK for a few more years by implementing BMPs.
Commissioner Jordan: The water coming out of the treatment plant should be nearly as clean as what goes in (quality of the treatment facilities need improvement).
Mayor Eldridge told Commissioner Jordan that if he has a problem with the wording of the proposal then he should make written suggestions before the next meeting. He will also get answers on plant capacity.
Commissioner Chasteen: Why is the Middle Oconee plant not included in the evaluation process if this plant is also reaching capacity? The answer was that when this long process started the Middle Oconee plant was not near capacity but rapid development has since occurred in the area. Capacities of Treatment Plants: North: 10 million gallons Middle: 6 to 8 million gallons Cedar Creek: 2 million gallons
Item 18: Use of proceeds from the sale of the Wray-Nicholson property
There was some discussion about whether the city should transfer the money as a grant or as a loan to the Classic City Authority.
Commissioner Barrow: Loaning the money will preserve the "corpus" of the fund and it will eventually come back to the city (recommendation of the Sheats Commission).
Major Eldridge: The money should be granted to the Authority because there is a need to save these historic warehouses. Renovation of the ACC Courthouse should wait until there is enough money available to do it right.
Commissioner Sheats: Any money that is recaptured should be used for the future eastside park.
Item #19: SPLOST project #15 - Athens Welcome Center water infiltration
Item #20: Baxter Streetscape
Item #21 Oconee River Greenway Heritage Trail - Bridge Construction