Sewer Expansion Bids Still Under Consideration

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said at Tuesday’s joint city-county meeting that a committee continues to study bids for engineering water and sewer line enhancements for Toccoa and Stephens County.

Martin says that a committee looking at the 10 bids is continuing to work to narrow those bids down.

The proposed project would expand wastewater service down Big A Road and then south into industrial areas of the county, with the proposed water enhancements included to ensure adequate support for the sewer enhancements.

Stephens County and the city of Toccoa have each set aside $1 million out of SPLOST V receipts, for a total of $2 million, towards this project.

While that $2 million was a local match designed to obtain $8 million in additional federal funding to help build the entire project, the $8 million was approved was never appropriated and city and county officials have since determined to look at how to best spend some or all of the $2 million set aside to move the project forward as much as possible.