GRU may extend its sewer lines into Archer
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 10:52 p.m.
ARCHER - Gainesville Regional Utilities may extend sewer lines down State Road 24 into Archer, a move city officials said could open the floodgates to the development that has so far bypassed the city.
The City Commission on Monday discussed a memorandum of understanding that lays out early expectations for the utility and the city to enter such an agreement. It calls for GRU to provide sewer service to Archer by either extending its sewer lines to the city or by locating a small wastewater collection center there.
The city would pay to build the line or center, and would contract with GRU to operate and maintain it, according to the agreement.
Now, the city and the unincorporated county around it are mostly serviced by individual septic tanks - a situation Archer City Manager Doug Drymon said the city was anxious to escape.
"Having sewer service in Archer would really help the community move forward in a needed, and positive fashion in terms of new development and redevelopment," said Archer City Manager Doug Drymon. "With septic, there's only so much you can do. And it's not just an issue of economic development - it's an issue of public safety."
GRU serves areas of the unincorporated county as far west as Jonesville. If the utility extended a line to Archer, it would use a line that currently extends about six blocks west of the intersection of Tower and Archer roads, said David Richardson, assistant general manager of GRU for water and wastewater systems.
Though GRU owns a right of way along State Road 24, Richardson said it would still be necessary to seek county permits to extend the line.
Also, he said, county comprehensive-plan regulations and GRU capacity issues would likely prevent the utility from serving many unincorporated county residents.
If the Gainesville and Archer city commissions approve the memorandum, the commissions would likely enter into an interlocal agreement to formalize the agreement, Richardson said.
Richardson said he expects Gainesville City Commission to discuss the matter on Feb. 13.
Drymon said Archer officials are hoping the proposal is well-received.
"The commission wants to see growth happen here in the community," Drymon said. "I think this is a vital way to unlock the opportunity for that to happen, and I think the city (of Gainesville) is sympathetic to that."
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