Council members also hear first reading of amended sign ordinance

Emerson City Council approves intergovernmental wastewater agreement

By JAMES SWIFT
Posted 12/31/69

Members of the Emerson City Council voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement at Monday evening’s public meeting. “Bartow County and the City of Emerson have been in discussion for the …

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Council members also hear first reading of amended sign ordinance

Emerson City Council approves intergovernmental wastewater agreement

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Members of the Emerson City Council voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement at Monday evening’s public meeting. 

“Bartow County and the City of Emerson have been in discussion for the City of Emerson treating wastewater for Bartow County in the area south of Emerson, north of the Cobb County line,” said Emerson City Manager Kevin McBurnett. ”We have discussed a lot of capacity of what we have available at this time, plus the future needs of Bartow County.”

Two council members, Ed Brush and Charles Lowry, were not present at the meeting.

“The agreement at this time would be for Emerson to provide up to 100,000 gallons a day of wastewater treatment,” McBurnett said. “Bartow County would be installing all the infrastructure needed and be transporting the sewage to the City of Emerson … we would charge them based off of a wholesale rate.”

Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor approved the County side of the intergovernmental agreement at a public meeting last week. Bartow County Water Department Director Lamont Kiser said the agreement comes in anticipation of future economic developments on the southern border of the county.

Members of the council also heard the first reading of a proposed sign ordinance amendment. 

“As requested, the sign ordinance was sent to legal counsel for review,” McBurnett said. “The first thing they said was it was extremely outdated and it had several items in it that had been changed since that was adopted.”

The City of Emerson Planning and Zoning Commission discussed some of the revisions at a public meeting last week. In addition to streamlining specifications for signage applications, Emerson Assistant City Manager Todd Heath said the new ordinance also creates an appeals process for those who believe their requests were erroneously rejected by City officials.

The proposed ordinance is set for another planning and zoning commission reading, currently scheduled for July 23 at 7 p.m. at Emerson City Hall, located at 700 Highway 293.

One voting item — a quit claim deed for LakePoint Parkway North — was scratched from Monday’s agenda. The meeting concluded with council members voting across the board to go into executive session to discuss real estate matters.