Toccoa Commission Accepts Bids

The city of Toccoa will move forward on some improvements at its water treatment facility on Falls Road.

Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved about $135,000 worth of improvements to the alum system at the city’s water treatment facility.

Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson said the system is just old and in need of work.

“This system has been in place since 1979 and is just in need of replacement,” said Jackson.

The improvements will include work to make it easier for trucks to deliver the alum to the system, renovating the chemical feed piping and equipment, and making electrical and other system improvements.

Alum is used in the process of purifying the drinking water.

Officials say the city will use available SPLOST V money to pay for the work.

The improvements will be overseen by Carter and Sloope Engineering of Watkinsville, Georgia.

Meanwhile, the city will also move ahead with fire department living quarters and office renovations at the Doyle   Street fire station.

Monday, city commissioners approved the bid recommended by staff from Ivester Construction at a cost of just under $52,000.

Ivester’s bid was the second lowest bid of three submitted last month.

The low bid came from Andrews Construction Company at about $38,000, but they withdrew the bid prior to a bid being awarded.

For that reason, Toccoa City Attorney John Dickerson said the low bid is not binding and he recommended awarding the work to the next lowest bidder.

The city will also use SPLOST money to pay for this project.

In other action from Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting …

City commissioners approved signing the audit engagement letter with Mauldin and Jenkins, who will perform the city’s Fiscal Year 2013 audit.  Mauldin and Jenkins has performed the city’s audit for the previous three years.

The city commission voted to appoint downtown business owner Bryan Westmoreland to the city’s Downtown Development Authority to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of Michelle Lamping.  That term runs through June 30, 2016.

City commissioners voted to sign a resolution of support for a Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Product Development Grant.  Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor says the grant, if received, would help with the removal of the SchaeferCenter’s brick facade.

Finally, the commission approved an ABC license for the Sports Bar and Grill on South Broad Street.

All approvals were unanimous.