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Water Plant $16 Million Loan Request Approved in Stealth

Roswell City Council approved the loan request for a new water plant.

"While you were watching the debate Monday night, Roswell voted without your input to drop $16.1 million more debt on the shoulders of their water customers, oh and this has nothing to do with the other $14.7 they want from you on Nov. 6.

Are Roswell’s water customers ready to shoulder almost $30 million in less than two weeks from the Roswell Government?"

Here are the basic facts:

No cost analysis has ever been performed by the City or any City contractors to determine how the new loan for this water plant will be repaid.  Having requested ROI analysis since the Water System Master Plan was issued in July 2010, I can tell you that none Exists.

No one from the City has visited a single operating water plant designed by the outside consultants to verify operating cost estimates.

The $900,000 annual cost of the bond on this plant is, according to the City, is going to be repaid by undocumented cost decreases and only $72,000 per year in additional revenue from current water customers. The numbers don't add up.

Roswell currently charges 22 percent-150 percent more for residential customers than Fulton County.

Even though the City used the 2010 Comprehensive Governors Water Taskforce report to justify this unnecessary project, they chose to completely ignore 2 of the 3 funding sources recommended by the Taskforce.

The City has not conducted, or even attempted to conduct, a single meeting with Atlanta-Fulton County Water Authority to negotiate a long term water deal to eliminate the need for a new plant.

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janet h russell October 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Depends on who you talk to what the reason for the "slam dunk" approval on Monday night. They need to get their stories straight . A good memory is a requisite if you are going to lie.
Lee Fleck October 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
On December 11, 2012 the Water Plant engineering design will on the agenda at the Public Works Committee meeting which begins at 5 p.m.
Martin Howell November 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Last Monday was indeed a sad night for the City of Roswell. Our only City Council member who doesn't belong to the Rotary Club (the actual people who run Roswell) has given up any element of fiscal responsibility and courage he exhibited during the Groveway debacle (read giveaway to developers at your expense) and has sold out to big government and wasteful spending. He knows, as all involved do, that this project is entirely unneccesary and has absolutely zero return on investment. Why vote for it then Ken? City Council? Czar Wood?
Martin Howell November 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Correction - Kent, not Ken. Sorry.
janet h russell November 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Martin, Interesting to me that you mentioned the Rotary Club. I wondered why a City Council meeting was changed from the scheduled Monday to later in the week and then I found out there was a special Rotary meeting that Monday night. I wasn't aware that the City could just change a Council meeting because of a private club's event. But of course, they were all attending. Which brings me to the Rotary's idea of the " America's Walk of Valor" on the City Hall Grounds. They want to relocate The Faces of War Memorial to make room for 8 monuments to 8 wars so that the City Hall grounds become an homage to war. So I ask which wars: war on drugs, war on women, war on Poverty? And who determines the war, the theme of each monument etc? But prominently displayed will be that this series of monuments was organized by The Rotary. I believe the property that the Faces of War Memorial stands upon was donated in perpetuity by the City to that monument. I worked on the Faces of War Memorial project and seem to recall that stipulation. The monument was never about the war but about those who endured: Americans of all races, Vietnamese - both military and civilians. I have no personal beef with The Rotary. They have accomplised many, very positive actions around the world. But I do see a strong influence of the City Government's officials by The Roswell Rotary.

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