City To Bid Out Water Line Relocation

The city of Toccoa will move to bid out a project to replace a section of main water line on its water distribution system.

Monday, Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse updated commissioners on the need to replace 366 feet of main water line at Highway 17 and Rock Quarry Road.

Morse said the city needs to move on the project and is ready to do so.

“We have a main water line, a 10″ water line that is one of our main water lines that serves as system, that is under a building,” said Morse.  “That is a huge liability for the city.  Previously, the commission had approved the re-location of that line.  We want to do that now.”

According to Morse, the city will return with bids for the commission to consider at a future meeting.

He said money is available in the city’s SPLOST funds for the project.

Meanwhile, Toccoa will also use $45,000 in SPLOST funds to replace filter instrumentation at the city’s Water Treatment Plant.

This is being required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

In other news from Monday’s meeting, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved an environmental covenant with Coats and Clark regarding city property off of West Doyle Street.

Morse said that the EPD is recommending this based on issues with the former Coats property in that area being monitored.

“The covenant would prohibit the use of groundwater as drinking water (on that property),” said Morse.  “The EPD believes the groundwater may have been impacted due to former plant operation.  Therefore, Coats has been testing the groundwater near the plant for several years now.”

According to Morse, the EPD has now expanded that testing area to this city property.

Morse pointed out that the city has a public water system, so it would not use the groundwater on this city property anyway.

Commissioners approved the covenant unanimously pending a secondary agreement between the city and Coats holding the city harmless.

Finally, city commissioners chose to table consideration of accepting a donation of property on Franklin Street from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Company.