Roswell City Council finalized the site location for the city's new raw water tank to a space behind Waller Park recreation facility buildings and partially within the current Water Resources Division property on Dobbs Road - the least visible of all the options considered.
The modified location, dubbed Option 1.5, was the most favored by the community, despite its more expensive price tag in comparision to Option 2.
"The headlines for us likely look like we've spent more here, but the reality is, longterm, I don't think that there's any question that this is in the best interest of our parks, our neighborhoods and our value," said Councilwoman Nancy Diamond.
Having narrowed down the options to just two by the time council met Monday evening, with the help of consultants, city staff had figured out a way to avoid an option that would have required a parks maintenance facility move to Hembree Park.
The reworked Option 1 (called Option 1.5 by council and residents) will cost between $666,480 -$790,400 - an averaged difference of $152,000 over the Option 2 price range of $532,000-$620,000.
Council members thanked community members who were very active in helping the city choose the best location for the tank, as it pertained to its effect on local neighborhoods and the park.
"It’s easy to complain, but it’s also easy to compliment," said Councilwoman Becky Wynn, in thanking residents for coming out to support the option they favored.