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Water Authority chairman to discuss long-term needs at meeting

WINDER - Barrow County will need another source of water by 2012, County Engineer Terry Darragh told Barrow County's Water Authority in the January meeting.

Stan Coley, Water Authority chairman, will discuss Barrow County's long-term water situation in Tuesday's county commission meeting.

Water officials plan to hire a consultant to study projected water needs 20 years into the future and evaluate options for meeting those needs, Darragh said.

"Our peak demand this summer was twice what we expected," Darragh said. "We should look at a consortium of cities and the county to plan our next step."

Options include expanding production at the Upper Oconee Plant from 8 million to 12 million gallons and possibly taking water from the Apalachee River.

"We must look at pond water and surface water that we don't have to treat to use for watering lawns," Corley said in January.

Also on Tuesday's agenda:

• Consultants Mactec and Carter Burgess will present their updated findings for the county's comprehensive plan and transportation plan, respectively.

• Commissioners will consider whether to adopt architectural standards that include raising the minimum new home square footage to 1,800 square feet.

• Commissioners and the public will hear an update on the jail project.

Rezoning requests

• From agriculture to residential, 14.9 wooded acres on County Line/Auburn Road for the purpose of building a 15-home subdivision.

• From agriculture to residential, 1 acre on Manning Ginn Road owned by Rebecca White to build a single-family home.

• From agriculture to commercial, 15 acres at 1253 Ga. Highway 211 N.E. to develop a seven-lot commercial subdivision.

• From agriculture-residential to residential, 3.3 acres at 1415 Etheridge Road owned by James and Teresa Casper to subdivide the property into three tracts.