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PTC moves towards sewer expansion for Tyrone

The door has been opened for Peachtree City to expand their sewer system to Tyrone. After a special called meeting to discuss the proposal Tuesday night, the City Council of Peachtree City gave their approval at Thursday night’s regular meeting for staff to move forward.
Next up, Peachtree City, Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority (PCWASA) and Town of Tyrone officials will work on an intergovernmental agreement that would be required before anything becomes official.
The details of the potential arrangement were again laid out at Tuesday’s meeting. The current system for Peachtree City offers a total permitted capacity of six million gallons per day, with a current average use of 3.1 million gallons per day. Tyrone has requested 350,000 gallons per day in sewage treatment capacity. Currently, they purchase 250,000 gallons per day, of which they use about 47 percent daily, from Fairburn for their 422 sewer customers. Tyrone is in need of a new sewer setup because Fairburn has asked for their capacity back.
Peachtree City staff took both their current usage and much more potential expansion of use into account when projecting how adding Tyrone would affect service.
“What I’m telling you is our calculations, our research are consistent with what we’ve talked about since 2006,” said City Manager Jon Rorie at Tuesday’s meeting. “You had a decline in usage, you have available capacity, and that capacity is expected to be in surplus somewhere between 800,000 gallons per day and 1.3 million.”
Rorie included a number of recommended conditions to be discussed as part of the potential intergovernmental agreement, including stipulating that Tyrone pay all construction costs associated with installation and upgrades to Peachtree City’s collection system, as well as setting aside a portion of revenues for sewer expansions. Rorie did note that there is no anticipated expansion needed at this time. Settling on the route for the sewer lines will also be a key topic, with Senoia Road and up Highway 74 both options.
Thursday night’s approval by council merely gives staff the go-ahead to start working on that intergovernmental agreement, the first step to any real work.
“In some form or fashion, we need a green light to begin anything or stop everything,” said City Attorney Ted Meeker.
Council was in agreement that the time is now to get the ball rolling.
“This is a starting point that gives everyone something to look at,” said council member Terry Ernst. “I’m all for us putting something together.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.