The expansion project, to be funded by a $969,700 grant and a $2,805,000 loan, will add approximately 27,000 feet of collection sewers to provide sewer service to nearly all residences and businesses within the corporate limits of White. The loan will be repaid at 3 percent interest over a 40-year term by sewer service revenues.
Currently, the White sewer system serves 66 residential customers, the White Elementary School, the new Cass High School and the Toyo Tire manufacturing facility. Under an intergovernmental agreement, all wastewater from the White system is conveyed to the Cartersville sewer system for treatment and disposal.
Prior to proceeding with sewer construction, the city must undertake a "sign-up" campaign to add at least 140 new sewer customers.
City officials expect that ground breaking for the project can occur in about one year. If so, construction could be completed in early 2014.
The city will call a public meeting in the near future to provide details to the citizens of White and to provide an opportunity for public comment on the economic, environmental, or other aspects of the proposed project. The council's regular meeting will be Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at city hall.