Emerson water use improving
by Jessica Loeding
Sep 27, 2011 | 1138 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For a city fighting an aging infrastructure, a bit of good news came out of Monday's Emerson City Council meeting: water conservation is improving.

The council approved an updated water conservation plan to send to the Environmental Protection Division. Mayor Al Pallone said during the reading of the agenda item that significant improvements have been made in the area of water loss.

Assistant to the City Manager Todd Heath said Emerson had seen water loss through leaks and seepage as high as 60 percent in some months. That number has gone as low as 20 percent through the city's efforts to improve water and sewer lines, identify and corrects leaks, and through the conservation plan.

The council also voted to approve a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the repaving of Seventh Street contingent upon results of a right-of-way survey and the approval of the city attorney.

Also Monday, the council:

* Approved an amendment to the Planning and Zoning Commission by-laws that requires all items for the agenda be submitted at least one week in advance of the commission's meeting.

* Approved an intergovernmental agreement addendum concerning the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The change was part of a countywide addendum passed last week by Commissioner Clarence Brown concerning emergency communications technology.

* Announced the city is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas festivities. Residents who are interested should contact city hall at 770-382-9819.