2017-07-26 / Front Page

City Council gets update on solar project

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

City Manager Jeff Brantley updated Millen City Council on the status of the city’s solar project during a recent meeting of the group.

Mr. Brantley reported that the solar array at Magnolia Street was complete and awaiting Georgia Power to set a meter at the site. He noted that the Walnut Street array was delayed due to manufacturing delays in the carport frame. Mr. Brantley reported that the frame should be delivered within a few days. Following delivery of the frame, the array should be completed within 3-5 days.

Mr. Brantley was directed to sign and submit a Notice of Intent to Georgia Power to enter the Solar Purchase Program. If the city is selected, Mayor and Council will approve a term contract. The program allows the City to sell all power produced at the Waste Water Treatment Plant to Georgia Power at a higher kilowatt rate.

It was also reported by Mr. Brantley that the City’s 2016 Community Development Block Grant design was complete and the permit was approved by the EPD. Bids for the project ran in The Millen News during the month of June.

It was noted that the design for the sewer system at the ScotBilt Mobile Homes site had been completed by Parker Engineering and a permit had been submitted to the EPD for approval. The design has also been completed for the road and water lines at the site and work is progressing on submitting the water permit to the EPD.

During a called meeting of City Council the following actions were taken: approved and signed renewal contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections for a work detail with an annual cost of $30,500; authorized City Manager to sign the renewal contract with JenCo Industries for the cleaning of City Hall and the Millen Community House at a cost of $520 per month for City Hall and $25 per week for the Community House; and accepted the bid from Sylvania Ford for $25,229.82 to purchase a new vehicle for use by the Administration Department with funding coming from the SPLOST 6 funds.

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