Barrow commission lifts sewer tap maximums

WINDER - Builders are no longer under annual sewer tap restrictions in Barrow County.

Commissioners' votes were tied 3-3 on lifting those restrictions in Tuesday's county commission meeting. Chairman Doug Garrison broke the tie in favor of abolishing the annual sewer tap maximums placed on each builder.

Commissioners Roger Wehunt, Isaiah Berry and Ben Hendrix voted against abolishing the restrictions.

For the past year, each builder in Barrow County was allowed a maximum of 50 sewer taps per year. In a public hearing in February, builders told commissioners the restrictions could cause them to take the better part of a decade to finish some developments.

The one-time $4,500 sewer tap fee per home, paid by the builder, will remain in place.

Airport land holdings could expand

Barrow County officials will attempt to purchase an additional 48.9 acres for the airport, commissioners decided in executive session Tuesday. The property stands on Ga. Highway 82 next to the airport, adjoining the Segars property.

In other business, commissioners voted to:

• Appoint Jane A. Murray to the board of Keep Barrow Beautiful

• Apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to construct a Health Department building

• Pay Jordan, Jones and Goulding Inc. $194,000 to begin the process of running sewer along the Ga. Highway 211 corridor. The money pays for prepared drawings, permit applications, easements and the administration of bidding and construction. The sewer will extend along the Mulberry River to Winder's Cedar Creek Plant.