Up­grade planned at plant, sewer lift sta­tion in Rock­mart

The Standard Journal - - Front Page - By AGNES HAGIN

A meet­ing of the Rock­mart city coun­cil has been sched­uled for 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, July 17.

This ses­sion will be held in the coun­cil room of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Build­ing at the Govern­ment Com­plex, 300 North Pied­mont Av­enue in Rock­mart.

The group will meet to ap­prove a “let­ter of con­di­tions” for a pro­posed $ 350,000 Ap­palachian Re­gional Com­mis­sion (ARC) grant to re­place and re­lo­cate the ex­ist­ing sewer lift sta­tion in High­way 101 In­dus­trial Park.

Tammy Decker, Ge­or­gia Ru­ral Wa­ter As­so­ci­a­tion, will be present to dis­cuss the let­ter with coun­cil mem­bers.

A to­tal of $95,000 in lo­cal money will be used in the 70/30 ARC grant, ac­cord­ing to City Man­ager Jeff El­lis.

He said the ex­pen­di­ture would have no im­pact on the cur­rent op­er­at­ing budget.

Once the let­ter is ap­proved, a no­tice to pro­ceed will be is­sued and the project will go to bid dur­ing the fall. The work will en­hance sewer ser­vice in the dual rail 101 Park, which has avail­able land for in­dus­trial prospects.

It is home to sev­eral plants – Vul­can, Nordic Cold Stor­age, Muira Boil­ers, Jef­fer­son South­ern and oth­ers plus the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

El­lis also said G Ben Turnipseed En­gi­neers, Inc. of At­lanta is cur­rently de­sign­ing a $3.5 mil­lion up­grade at the Rock­mart Waste Treat­ment plant, the first in more than 20 years.

“We should go to bid in early fall,” El­lis said. “The project would have a nine month build time frame. It is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by Oc­to­ber 2015.”

The Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Fi­nance Author­ity (GEFA) will fund the project, ac­cord­ing to El­lis.

“It will en­hance ser­vice pro­vided at the waste­water plant, but we will gain no additional ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, El­lis re­ported that work continues at the new sports com­plex site de­spite ad­verse weather con­di­tions dur­ing the spring and early sum­mer.

Brick­work at the con­ces­sion stand is near­ing com­ple­tion and a metal roof is be­ing in­stalled.

Plans are to be­gin run­ning con­duits for in­te­rior elec­tric ser­vice and the dress­ing room will be framed and fin­ished soon.

Agnes Hagin/ SJ

The De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Rock­mart is ac­tively in­volved in new projects at the 101 In­dus­trial Park. Mem­bers Jimmy Lester, Bruce Bell and Chair­man Bob Cul­ver were among those at a re­cent meet­ing at­tended by Charles Pinkard, Clint Brock, Bruce Bell...

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