Franklin Co. To Give Water Tank to Danielsville

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County plans to give at least one of two aging water tanks to the City of Danielsville in Madison County.

At their recent work session, the board heard from Danielsville Mayor Todd Higdon who said the city is in need of extra storage capacity because of an expanding school system.

Danielsville is interested in one of two 100,000 gallon tanks located at the Petro Truck Stop on Exit 160 in Carnesville.

Franklin County Manager Billy Morse told the board neither tank is being used by the county and must be removed.

After having their engineer inspect the tanks, the City of Danielsville offered to remove one of the tanks at their expense and transport it to Madison County.

However,  Franklin County Commissioner Jeff Jacques had concerns and suggested the water tanks might be worth holding on to.

Jacques said he wondered if the county may need them at some point in time as reconditioned tanks.

However, Morse said if Franklin County re-used the tanks, they would have to be moved and totally rebuilt, which he said would not be cost effective.

Morse also said they could not be sold for scrap because no scrap metal company would want to dismantle them.

After more discussion, the Franklin County Commission agreed to give one of the tanks to the City of Danielsville.

A formal vote on the matter will come at their regular meeting next week.