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Roswell moves proposed water plant amid resident concerns
by Joan Durbin
June 20, 2012 10:56 AM | 1025 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Roswell, city government rarely turns a deaf ear when residents have something to say.

The proposed new municipal water plant is a case in point. When staff unveiled a conceptual site plan for the plant in March, there were more hisses than huzzahs.

Elected officials got the message.

“The mayor and city council listened to citizens who didn’t like the raw water storage tank so close to their neighborhood, so it has been moved,” said Alice Champagne, Roswell’s water resources manager.

Last week, the revised site plan was rolled out for comment at a public information meeting.

The new layout would keep all municipal facilities, such as the storage tank, new treatment plant and administration building away from Waller Park extension, west of a boundary created by the relocation of Dobbs Drive.

“It would keep the new plant neat the old one and we would start to build the new one while the old one was still running,” Champagne said.

The plan would put yard maintenance space where the Roswell VFW post is now, meaning the city would have to consider purchasing the post, Champagne said.

Moving the elements around would also allow around 2.5 acres of potential public space along Oxbo Road and preserve most of the bluffs over Big Creek.

Around 100 people showed up at the public information meeting to see and compare the old and new layouts and ask questions of staff.

Champagne said all comment cards filled out by attendees will be reviewed and tabulated for presentation at the July 10 meeting of the public works committee to get council guidance on the next step.

Roswell’s current water plant serves customers in and around the city’s historic district. The rest of Roswell households and businesses get water from the county.

The existing plant is nearly 80 years old and needs to be replaced. Without the new plant, city staff says water production costs will continue to increase at a faster pace than if a new plant was built.

A new plant is expected to save the city $11.6 million over a 20-year period in water purchases from Fulton County and repair and refurbishment costs needed for the old plant.

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