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Roswell to Vote on Water Tank Placement Monday

Roswell City Council will vote on three location options during their meeting, Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Months of discussion among city leaders and local residents have led to Monday's vote by Roswell City Council, which will decide where to construct the new water plant's raw water storage tank.

All three of the final options - numbered one, two and four - will be visible from Waller Park.

  • Option 1 - It's further way from the public park area and avoids the need to relocate the parks maintenance buildings. But it does have an impact on the city's current Water Resources Division facilities on Dobbs Drive. This option will cost between $846,500-$970,500.
  • Option 2 - Located within Waller Park, adjacent to a softball field. Existing site elevation allows the tank to be 10 feet lower than the field. The city would have to relocate the parks maintenance buildings to Hembree Park. This option will cost between $532,000-$620,000.
  • Option 4 - Similar to option 2, but shifted slightly away from the softball field toward the lower parking area, so as not to impact the parks maintenance buildings. However, it does impact some parking spaces and part of the soccer field. This option will cost between $296,000-$419,000.

Waller Park was chosen as the most viable location for the tank due to its proximity and elevated position over the water plant. The council approved taking out a $16 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority last October to pay for the new plant, which will replace the existing 80-year-old facility that city leaders say is failing.

The Roswell City Council meeting is Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street.

j2rcleo February 24, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Who will pay the difference if Options 1 or 2 are chosen over 4? The tax payers or the water customers?
Lee Fleck February 24, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Legally, all costs associated with the proposed new plant are within the Water Enterprise Fund which is self-funded and according to State Law must be paid by the city water customers. With Option # 1, the price tag for the new water plant will have increased by $4 million in just the last three years from $13 mil in 2010 to $17 mil come Monday night. The annual principle & interest payment to repay the loan for the new water plant will exceed $1.2 million annually and according to the just released FY2012 annual financial report the Water Enterprise Fund only produced operational income of $144,000 last year. So go figure. Personally, I don’t believe city customers will be able to cover all these forthcoming costs without major rate increases which the Wood administration has refused to tell their customers. http://roswell.patch.com/blog_posts/roswell-water-plant-final-meeting
Richard Arena February 25, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I never have understood the rationale for maintaining a water plant that serves such a small segment of Roswell. If there is a risk that Fulton County could cut us off, or unreasonably raise the rate, how does a plant that can only supply a small fraction of the city alleviate that threat for the majority. This is either a foolish endeavor, or there are cards not showing.
Pat February 26, 2013 at 04:56 PM
One can't argue with you Mr. Arena. This mayor and council has taken the point of view that they don't want to be "held hostage" to the 30% (plus or minus – who actually can even guess what the premium will end up being) lower prices that Fulton County provides. That's right – “held hostage” to lower prices. It's like finding a gas station in Alpharetta offering $3 gas, and our city council deciding that paying $4 in Roswell is better, you know, so we don't get held hostage. The difference is that with water, your choice has been taken from you by this council. I think the answer to your final statement is simply, yes. It is a foolish endeavor from a group who does not have the interest of its citizens at heart. Maybe somebody gets his name on a building as a legacy to this continuing gag. The deck of cards of course, contains nothing but jokers.
Lee Fleck February 26, 2013 at 09:55 PM
In less than 3 years the cost for the unnecessary plant has already increased by $4 million to a total debt of over $20 million for 5,700 homeowners. And the ground hasn't even been broker yet. In July of 2010 the firm that was hired by the city to analyze their customers water needs projected a cost $13 million to build a new 3MGD plant. By the time the loan was approved by city council last year that number was up to over $16 million. A couple weeks ago a water well was put on line - cost $340,000 to provide a mere 5% of the city’s water needs and now another $700,000 for the placement of an in feed raw water tank. All these changes have exceeded their minimum fiscal capacity ratio which was the basis the city council used to approve the project. The city can no longer justify this new plant using their own financial standards. And the most pathetic part of the entire project to date is that the City hasn't even completed a realistic rate analysis so their customers know how high their water rates will escalate.

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