A short Fayette County Commission meeting heading into the long weekend brought some much-anticipated news. During commissioners’ reports at the closing of the meeting Thursday night, Chairman Charles Oddo announced that dredging on Lake Peachtree was finally completed earlier in the afternoon.
“We’re officially out of the lake. There’s still work to be done, but not in the lake. We’ve closed the drain valves, and, as we speak, the lake is filling back up,” said Oddo. “It’s tremendous news. There’s been a lot of work done. Coping with Mother Nature has been an extraordinary challenge to say the least. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a full lake very soon.”
According to a release from the county, their contractor, Massana, will continue the project wrap-up at Drake Field, taking away construction materials and equipment. At that point, it will be turned back over to Peachtree City for restoration.
Also in the release, Water System Director Lee Pope and County Administrator Steve Rapson shared their thoughts on the exciting news.
“Thanks to all collaborative effort between CH2M Hill, Peachtree City officials, County leaders, and our contractor Massanna, I’m proud to say our beautiful Lake Peachtree is back in service and in better condition than ever,” said Pope.
Added Rapson, “No one is happier than me that we’re out of the lake bed – time to bring beautiful Lake Peachtree back to its full glory.”
Among the other topics discussed on a thin agenda that included no old or new business was approval of an independent contractor agreement with Pete Nelms to provide grant management services. Nelms, who recently retired as a division chief and Fayette County Emergency Management Agency director, was noted for securing millions of dollars worth of state and federal reimbursement through grants during his 26-year career. His primary responsibilities will be to administer grant development functions and general grant administration and compliance, facilitate acquiring alternative funding to support county programs, retain and archive grant documentation, and work and communicate with department directors and administration to understand needs. Funds for the position will come from the Finance Department Operating Budget.