Representatives of Friends of Calls Creek plan to submit statements to the Oconee County Board of Commissioners tomorrow night signed by 73 residents along the creek who say they will not grant an easement to the county for the proposed pipeline.
If the residents follow up on their pledges, the county would be forced to take condemnation action against the land owners to go forward with its plans, potentially running up the cost of the project.
Oconee County Utility Department Director Wayne Haynie, who has initiated action on the Calls Creek sewer line, also will be before the Commission tomorrow night at its regular meeting to discuss Task Orders totaling $190,690 for additional water and sewer work in the county.
The commissioners also will hear a rezone request to allow for a fast food restaurant and a construction office in a business development planned for Old Macon Highway in front of the Athens Ridge student residential complex.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse in Watkinsville.
Friends Of Calls Creek
Jim McGarvey, one of the organizers of Friends of Calls Creek, announced the outcome of the petition efforts at the end of a meeting the group held last Thursday night at the Oconee County Library in Watksville.
McGarvey told me this evening that the petitions come from people on both sides of the creek, since there is uncertainty at present regarding the exact route the pipeline would follow.
Haynie told me last week he had not yet received final plans from the firm that did the survey work on the creek.
The statement says that the signer resolves “to refuse any Oconee County Water Utility Easement Requests for the installation of the said 24” pipeline by signing this nonbinding Resolution.”
More than 45 people attended the meeting Thursday night, which ended with the formation of four committees to fight the county’s plans.
These committees include a permit committee to focus on the environmental documents the county needs for the proposed expansion of the Calls Creek sewer plant, an engineering committee to examine alternatives to the sewer line, a political committee, and a legal committee.
The nearly two-hour meeting began with an overview by me of my posts on sewer issues in the county over the years.
I did make at least one slip of the tongue in my comments, saying that the proposed Middle Oconee River sewer plant was to be online by 2002.
The county’s planning documents use a date of 2012 for the expected operation of that plant.
The video of the entire meeting is below.
Utility Department Director Haynie is scheduled to ask the BOC tomorrow night to approve two task orders for a total of $140,500 with Carter and Sloope Inc., an engineering consultant firm with offices at 1031 Stonebridge Parkway between Butler’s Crossing and Watkinsville.
These task orders are for engineering, design, bid and construction phase services for a new sewer system to provide sewer service for Bogart. It will include expanded sewer services for Benson’s Bakery in that city.
The county is partnering with Bogart to provide sewers for the city. Currently, only Benson’s Bakery has sewer service, and the dependence on septic systems has hampered development in the city.
Haynie also will ask the commissioners to approve another task order with Carter and Sloope for $50,190 for help in forecasting and planning as the county updates its Water and Wastewater Master Plan.
Strategic Holdings LLC from Madison, Georgia, is asking the Board of Commissioners to modify the B-2 zoning it has on 10 acres at 8830 Old Macon Highway, across from The Falls of Oconee retail and restaurant complex now under construction.
The property currently is zoned B-2 for highway business use, but the rezone listed a number of allowed uses of the land and did not include a drive-through restaurant or a construction contractor-builder office.
Strategic Holdings is represented by Kelly Mahoney, owner of Value Added Concepts LLC, 8771 Macon Highway, Suite B.
The county will provide sewer services via an existing gravity-flow sewer line on the property.
The updated site plans call for three separate buildings.
One is a 2,300 square-foot single-story building for a restaurant. The narrative for the rezone say no tenant has been identified.
The second building is a 5,000 square-foot single-story building to be used for retail and office purposes.
The third building, 24,200 square-feet in size, will be of two stories and will be used for the contractor-developer office.
The Oconee County Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezone request at its April 18 meeting. A video of that meeting, recorded by Sarah Bell, is HERE.