Upgrade planned at plant, sewer lift station in Rockmart
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.
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...