County may amend sewer agreement
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Currently, Newnan Utilities is the only agency authorized to design and operate “decentralized sewer systems” for developments in Coweta County.
Tuesday night, Coweta County Commissioner Rodney Brooks suggested that county staff work with Newnan Utilities to see if the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority could be brought on board as another provider.
The decentralized sewer systems, technically known as “decentralized wastewater treatment network systems,” are basically a cross between a public sewer system and a community septic tank.
Coweta County has some zoning classifications that allow denser residential development, if the developments are served by a decentralized sewer system. Some commercial developments also use the systems, when public sewer is not available.
Brooks said the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority has “expressed interest” in being able to offer the systems. Coweta County approved an intergovernmental agreement with Newnan Utilities several years ago, requiring any centralized systems that would be used for future development be designed, operated and owned by Newnan Utilities.
Because of some decisions made a few months ago, “there may be some potential for future development” that will require the systems, Brooks said. “I’m trying to get this cleared up before we go down that road.”
In other meeting business:
• All new swimming pools more than two feet deep will be required to have a separate fence, and chain link fencing will no longer be approved for use around pools, under a new ordinance the county is considering.
Tuesday night, the commissioners voted to forward the proposed ordinance to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for review. The county cannot adopt the ordinance until DCA reviews it.
In January, the state of Georgia began requiring local governments to include the portion of the International Building Code regulating swimming pools in their building codes.
Previously, Coweta County only regulated pools more than four feet deep. Now, rules require barriers for any pool over two feet deep.
The international building code allows for the height of an above-ground pool to be used as part of the required four-foot barrier. Additional fencing could be added above the wall of the pool to make the barrier four feet tall, as required under the building code.
But under the proposal discussed Tuesday night, a separate fence would be required for above-ground pools — one that is at least three feet away from the water.
The proposal also eliminates chain link, as well as lattice, as approved fences for pools.
• The board delayed a vote on changes to the special use permit for 13 Stories Haunted House at 320 Temple Avenue, in the old Playtex plant.
A permit for the haunted attraction was granted in September, but the haunted house wasn’t ready in time to open for Halloween.
Owner Allyn Glover asked that the condition restricting use to the Halloween season be amended and the operating hours extended. He also asked to do away with a condition that required a deputy to be stationed at Loblolly Drive and Hwy. 34 West to keep haunted house traffic from coming through the Red Acres subdivision.
“This project has ended up, so far, costing us a half million dollars,” said Glover. “Therefore, it’s probably a good idea business wise to open more than one time a year.”
Glover said he’s thinking about offering things such as birthday parties and behind-the- scenes tours. The haunted house is completely inside the building.
Hours would be 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
As for the deputy stationed at Loblolly Street, “there are some constitutional issues there,” Glover said.
Sheriff Mike Yeager said in the planning department report that access to a public road could not be blocked and his deputies would not be participating in that.
Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn took issue with Glover’s mention of constitutional issues.
“Did you see the words ‘block’ or ‘stop,’” Blackburn asked?
“We can read it together if you like,” Glover said. “That is what I gathered from it.”
• The board approved an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement with the city of Newnan regarding the Five Points intersection improvement.
The original agreement was approved in July.
“The city and county have decided it is in the best interests for one entity to acquire the majority” of right-of-way for the project, said County Administrator Michael Fouts.
The county will acquire the right-of-way for “parcel nine” and the city will acquire everything else. The city will pay for the right-of-way within the city limits and the county will pay for the right-of-way in the county.
The vote was delayed because Fifth District Commissioner Al Smith was not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.