Thomaston brings ordinance in line with state codes

By Larry Stanford

March 17, 2014

The Thomaston City Council approved an ordinance updating construction codes to reflect current and future changes in state codes. The vote came at the council’s meeting on March 4, 2014.

City Attorney Joel Bentley explained to the council that the ordinance is a revision of an ordinance that was passed originally in 1965.

“It requires that the City of Thomaston codes mirror the codes that the State of Georgia has, and also has an automatic provision for any modification of state code, that the city codes will thereafter mirror those modifications,” Bentley said. “This is similar to the provision we’ve had for many, many years. We have a project going where I believe GEFA asked us to clarify an issue, and this ordinance clarifies it for their purposes, and also for anyone who wants to know what city codes are in place. This lays out specifically each code versus incorporation by reference of the old code dates.”

Council member Patsy Perdue made a motion to approve the ordinance. Council member Don Greathouse seconded the motion and it was approved by a 5-0 vote.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of a sewer line camera for $38,000. City Manger Patrick Comiskey stated that the purchase is an item the mayor and council set aside for the 2014 budget.

“It is the purchase of a portable camera for sewer line evaluations,” Comiskey said. “This is a camera that will be used in the sewer lines to evaluate their level of need for repair or the condition of the line. We had two bids. The one that we’re recommending is Adams Equipment Company for $38,000.”

Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head made a motion to approve the purchase of the camera. Council member J. D. Stallings seconded the motion.

Prior to the vote, Head asked for verification that the city has a plan for inspecting all the sewer lines over time.

Comiskey said that was correct and was built into the contract the city has with Severn Trent, the company that operates the city’s water and sewer system.

“In our contract with Severn Trent, the company is to clean and root cut all the sewer lines over a period of two years, and then after that, 25 percent of the system every year,” said Comiskey. “With this camera, they’ll be able to look at the lines, in addition to cleaning them. They’ll be able to look at the inside of the lines and evaluate the condition and verify that it was cleaned properly.”

Mayor Hays Arnold called for the vote and it was 5-0 in favor of the purchase.

The council also gave Comiskey authorization to purchase a Bobcat T870 compact track loader for a price of $54,488.92. Council member Perdue made the motion to purchase the track loader. Council member Gary Atwater seconded the motion and it was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.