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BOC approves 2030 master plan for water, wastewater services

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday the adoption of a water and wastewater master plan, a document which asserts the county's plans to continue depending upon Lake Lanier for its long-term water supply.

The master plan, which focuses on needed capital investments to comply with regional plans through the year 2030, was developed over several months before being approved last week by the Gwinnett County Water and Sewage Authority.

The document -- which says Gwinnett will "continue to defend its right to the use of" Lake Lanier for water -- was approved unanimously during Tuesday's Board of Commissioners public hearing agenda.

Commissioner John Heard took it upon himself Tuesday to defend Gwinnett being "single-sourced" in depending on Lanier.

"We do recognize that we're single-sourced," Heard said, "but we also ask that all parties throughout the Southeast region recognize there's a good reason for single sourcing -- because we don't have any other alternatives."

Computer models were used when developing the master plan and helped predict growth in the county over the next 20 years to find potential future bottlenecks and identify solutions, officials said. The results showed that most current water and wastewater systems could handle the growth, they said.

A 24-member citizen advisory panel also helped shape the plan.

Projects and priorities recommended in the 2030 plan, which can be found in its entirety at gwinnettcounty.com, included:

-- Additional water treatment at the Shoal Creek Filter Plant, with an estimated cost of $56 million;

-- Sixteen projects to provide additional "water transmission capacity," particularly to serve the Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 316 corridors, that would cost an estimated $280 million;

-- Capacity upgrades for collector sewers, in 14 projects totalling an estimated $16 million; and

-- Seven wastewater treatment projects, including expansions at the Crooked Creek Water Reclamation Facility and F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, at an estimated cost of $600 million.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

$950 million to be spent on these water projects!! Notice that the BOC hasn't told you where all this money will be coming from over the next 18 years. Before we spend all this money, I hope someone has guaranteed Gwinnett access to all that extra water from the lake or these treatment facilities will be operating at 50% capacity! Don't take my word, ask the BOC about this.

Commissioner John Heard, why doesn't Gwinnett tap into underground wells? I guess the past BOC failed to look for alternatives besides the Lake. They pocketed or spent all the money we paid on other projects they figured were more important for developers. One day Gwinnett could become a ghost town if Lake Lanier dries up any more than it does now. One good thing will come out of that though. We won't need a BOC anymore. Funny all this is being planned now, after all the developers got this money over the past 15 years. (Lassiter recently admitted that the past BOC took money illegally for votes)

I just wonder if the BOC has ever gotten a handle on the 30% uncollected water bills from years past. Maybe someone should start writing and asking the BOC that question with some "transparency," something Nash promised everyone if she were elected. This goes for the other BOC also!

Are we really getting the most bang for our buck by building all these plants and hiring county employees to run all this (pensions included) or should we be buying our water from some other county or from a private investor who does all this? Did anyone ever look at all this and where is the published report summary? We have questions but will never get any answers to this.

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rco1847 1 year, 6 months ago

The same BOC wanted to approve the Brisco Field Deal but were afraid to because of criminal behaviior which forced 3 of them to resign-in-disgrace, John Heard is a little too chummy with the Chamber of Communists to. They put their thinking abovt that of the people. Keep firing them. All of them.

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kevin 1 year, 5 months ago

I never vote to re-elect. When no opposition, I don't vote or write-in a name. This is not a Democracy when the incumbent has no opposition.

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rco1847 1 year, 6 months ago

I'd like to see the Chamber of Communists ruh out of Georgia.

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rco1847 1 year, 6 months ago

Believe me - these guys can't do an honest deal. None of them. That much money will bring out the larceny for sure.

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CD 1 year, 6 months ago

New water rates, effective yesterday and payable one year in advance on your property tax bill:

Silver Plan: High fees with no mercy for anyone

Gold Plan: Higher fees with limited mercy for those in Hospice Care

Platinum BOC: Highest fees with mercy for the family dog and one child, as long as the child is either legally named "Honey BOO BOO" or documented that this is, in fact, their alter ego.

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Another question concerning the GOLD plan above:

How much will the “rest of us” have to pay in increased fees so the BoC can give a subset of seniors a 20 dollar a year “break” during the election cycles that the "plan" covers?

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CD 1 year, 5 months ago

At least those votes would be purchased WITHOUT trafficking a single ounce of cocaine or slinking out of a casino with an overnight bag of casino chips.

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R 1 year, 5 months ago

CD YOU are absolutely correct!! Things are looking up aren't they? (Smiles)

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JimmyOrr 1 year, 6 months ago

The BOC should likewise task the Gwinnett County Storm Water Authority, a body created by an Act (SB 147) of the Georgia General Assembly, to make a recomendatioin as to which pipe material and/or materials used by developers for storm water conveyance, which have a proven track record of realiability, long term longivity, and cost efficiency in maintenance, would best benefit those who provide the funding which, as you well know, are the taxpayers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, GA and incorporated Lilburn, GA.

This business of county staff in the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources apparently being overridden by outside interests (as far back as August 2001) on their (county staff) recommendations to make changes in the pipe material standards for storm water pipe installed by developers has got to come to a screeching halt. The last dollar amount I heard that was needed to replace known failing storm water pipes was $360 million dollars.

James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr. Member - Gwinnett County Stormwater Authority

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CD 1 year, 6 months ago

Cardboard pipes would be cheaper.

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JimmyOrr 1 year, 6 months ago

No, CD, "cardboard" pipes would be a dismal failure as was your comment. However, there are cheaper, more realiable, pipe material alternatives.

James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.

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CD 1 year, 6 months ago

Jimmy--humor--a difficult concept for both you and vulcans. I was actually in agreement with your comment.

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JimmyOrr 1 year, 6 months ago

No, CD, humor is not a difficult concept for me. Matter of fact, I enjoy a good laugh. However, the issue of storm water pipe materials is no laughing matter with me. I am sick and tired of seeing the recommendations which were made by our staff members with professional credentials (ie, P.E./civil engineering) in the Gwinnett County Dept. of Water Resources (GCDWR) on proposed changes to the pipe material standards on pipe used for storm water conveyance being overrode. I detest to see those staff members stood down knowing that their recommendations would have been in the best interests of both the county and the taxpayers. Our next Storm Water Authority meeting will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012, in the Training Room of the GCDWR Central Facility located at 684 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville, GA. Our meeting is open to the public and as with all such meetings, including the Gwinnett County Water & Sewage Authority, the public should make every effot to attend and determine if their tax dollars, or in this case storm water runoff fees, are being used wisely. All you have to do is sign in at the front desk, sign your name to a stick-on vistors name tag, and advise the receptionist that you are there to attend the meeting of the storm water authority. The receptionist will grant you access to the secure part of the facility and direct you to the training room. I trust that you and others reading this comment will attend. The authority, in my opinion, needs more public input. I look forward to seeing you there. James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.

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BufordGuy 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr. Orr, I wouldn't be so reliant on county staff. They can let preference override fact, and often do.

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JohnCook 1 year, 5 months ago

Absolutely the correct stance on this issue--we should not trust the Professional Engineers that we pay a salary to advise us regarding the infrastructure so we get a product that will last, and require the least maintenance. Instead , we should allow the developers to use the cheapest pipe available so the taxpayers can be required to replace it within a few years.

The developers have run the County for years, given each other congratulatory slaps on the back, and laughed all the way to the bank while the taxpayers pay for their shortcuts.

If you do the job right the first time, you avoid a lot of maintenance.

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kevin 1 year, 5 months ago

Maybe the voters will stop voting for people with just legal backgrounds or no experience in matters of importance to this County. Regular citizens is your bet hope. TO bad they just elected another pretty face politician for District 1 instead of an accountant that might really help us on that board. Ignorant voters simply go for the "politician experience first and then complain later after the damage is done. You reap what you sow. According to what Ms. Lassiter said a few weeks ago, there were more on the BOC in the past that took money for votes. Now you know why Chairman Bannister quit and the other one that quit before he could be indicted for over $1 million in graft. He lives in an 8,000 sq ft house no less, probably paid with your taxpayer money.

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foghillwalker 1 year, 5 months ago

I will always trust the judgement of an accountant to determine the flow in a hydrant near my house during a fire 5 years from now.

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