City Engineer John Sweitzer said during the White City Council’s Monday, Jan. 7, meeting, he was ready to begin preliminary engineering on the project.
“Well, we’re really excited about it, you know,” City Manager Jane Richards said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about for probably about 12 years, a city-wide sewer system. It just takes a while to get that going — trying to get funding and all that.”
The $2,805,000 loan is coupled with a $969,700 grant. To ensure the loan would be repaid, the U.S. Department of Agriculture required White to get an additional 140 customers for its planned sewer system. Those additional customers, when combined with present customers such as Toyo Tires and area subdivisions, will generate enough revenue through sewer fees to pay off the loan.
During its meeting, the city council approved a motion authorizing Mayor Chris Allen to sign a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan application. The GEFA loan is an interim loan used to finance the planning and construction of the sewer system. Once construction is complete, the USDA pays off the loan with its funds and the city makes its payments to the USDA.
The council also approved a legal services agreement with Boyd Pettit in regards to the project and named Ken Pollack as bond counsel.
Other council business included:
• Approving the city’s five year, short-term work plan and submitting it to the state.
• Approving a motion to take sealed bids on a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle.
The White City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at city hall.