One of the old lines is an 80-year-old clay sewer pipe and the other is a cast iron sewer pipe that connect on the property, Fort Oglethorpe public utilities director Phil Parker said.
The credit union plans to build a new structure outside of the hospital between the post office and Fine’s Hearth & Patio showroom. Credit Union officials expect the building to be completed by the end of the year.
Construction Consultants of Chattanooga – the credit union’s engineering firm – estimated relocating the city’s old sewer lines could cost the credit union 10 percent of its $500,000 construction budget. The clay pipe is near the surface and could be damaged by heavy equipment, or – if left alone – is likely to be impacted by the weight of the new structure’s foundation, explained company vice president Barry Gilley.
Since the credit union brought the matter up during mayor Lynn Long’s communications portion of the meeting, the council was not prepared to vote on the request. City manager Ron Goulart said he thought the credit union was going to ask the city for an easement so they could relocate the two old lines off the property. Goulart said the city could explore sharing the cost of relocating the lines with the credit union. Gilley confirmed he would be meeting with the city this week.
“We’ll look at it and see what the numbers look like,” Goulart said. The aging sewer lines would likely have to be replaced in the near future anyway, according to Parker.
The credit union’s request will be placed on the council’s June 11 meeting agenda, Goulart said. The council cancelled its May 28 meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday.
In other city business:
· The council approved a resolution to adopt the Catoosa County multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.
· Council members OK’d repairs and an upgrade to the Wal-Mart pump station.
· The city voted to terminate a sewer easement on Rosewood assisted living community’s property. Rosewood at Fort Oglethorpe held a groundbreaking on May 3. The facility, owned by Regency Senior Living, is adding a Remembrance Village to its local campus.
· The council approved a bid for construction of a public restroom on Cleburn Street as part of the city’s multi-use trail system.
· Council members chose Arcadis U.S. Inc. to oversee a sidewalk installation project funded by a federal transportation enhancement grant. The walking path would run along Battlefield Parkway and connect to a planned canoe launch.
· The council went into closed session for 45 minutes to discuss upcoming local option sales tax (LOST) negotiations with the county. No action was taken.
LOST revenues go into local governments’ general funds. Ringgold takes in $850,000-$900,000 from LOST each year and Fort Oglethorpe receives about $1.9 million annually from LOST, according to Ringgold city manager Dan Wright.
Counties and cities typically renegotiate LOST after a census is taken. The U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years. Catoosa’s local governments last held LOST negotiations in 2002, according to Goulart. By Dec. 31, cities and counties must submit a certificate that outlines their agreed-upon distribution to the Georgia Department of Revenue.