Franklin Co. Moving Ahead on Water Line Expansions

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County is moving ahead with its next phase of water line expansions.

At the regular monthly meeting of the Franklin County Commission last week, Franklin County Manager Billy Morse gave commissioners the list of roads where the new water lines will be laid.

“The project will include laying water lines on Brays Lake Rd., a short section of SR106 from Carytown Rd. to Higginbotham, Stone Bridge Road from Unawatti to Allen Farm Rds., and Allen Farm Road from SR59 to Stone Bridge Road,” Franklin County manager Billy Morse told the Board of Commissioners at their meeting last week.

Allen Farm and Higginbotham Roads are dirt roads and Morse told the board his office is working on getting rights of way from property owners.

“Dirt roads are harder because you have to first get the rights of way,” Morse explained. “Many times the property owners are absentee and have not developed their properties and they aren’t interested in giving up any of their land.”

However, if all property owners approve on Allen Farm and Higginbotham, the new water lines will provide a water line loop.

“You always want to loop your water line back into the system rather than have it spill out. That way you keep the water circulated,” Morse said.

Morse said one area from Stone Bridge and Allen Farm Road to State Route 59 would hook up to the Lavonia city water system.

The estimated cost of the next phase of water line expansions is $595,680.

Morse said a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan and grant package will pay for $400,000 of the project. The rest will be paid for with SPLOST funds.

So far, Franklin County has laid 250 miles of water lines, serving about 1,500 customers.

After hearing from Morse, the Franklin County Commission unanimously approved that the county move forward with the pre-engineering and planning work.