2017-11-15 / Front Page

City seeks financing for school sewer project

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Millen City Council recently met and authorized City Manager Jeff Brantley to seek financing for sewer improvements that are needed to accommodate the new Prek-12 school under construction on Barney Avenue.

Mr. Brantley noted that the project needed to be completed prior to August 2018 and would involve increasing the 8-inch line to a 10 inch line to handle the extra sewage generated by the school. The cost estimate by Parker Engineering for the project was $455,984. He further stated that he felt the best financing option would be to pursue a loan through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which currently could have a 20% principle forgiveness option and a 1.89% interest rate. Council agreed by common consent for Mr. Brantley to pursue a loan from GEFA.

Mr. Brantley reported on the results of a meeting with the Environmental Protection Division in September in regard to the permit renewal of the city’s Waste Water Treatment Plant. He noted that the EPD was requiring modifications to the discharge method from the City’s outflow of the facility and that plans were being designed by Parker Engineering.

It was also reported that the Jenkins County Commissioners have approved the purchase of new 9-1-1 equipment with plans to house it at the new county jail.

Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement that will incorporate the Main Street Millen director’s position with the Jenkins County Development Authority executive director’s position and provide funding to allow the Development Authority to employ a full time staff member. This employee will assist with Main Street Millen duties. Current Main Street Director, Art Johnson, plans to retire in December.

Also approved by Council was a revised Intergovernmental Agreement with Georgia Power Company in connection with the city’s solar project at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Under terms of the agreement, the City will pay additional Operations and Maintenance Cost of $11,094.07 from the Contingency Fund to Georgia Power for the Interconnection Agreement for the project.

Other actions taken by Council included: accepted the low bid from Johnny Oglesby in the amount of $4,500 for cleanup of the road right-of-way for White Oak Road and approved fee of $125 per load for the Green Drop-off Containers.

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