The Thomaston City Council approved the construction of a sewer line from the community swimming pool on East Main Street to a newly constructed sewer line. The action came at their March 19 meeting.
“This is the line that would connect the swimming pool to the newly constructed sewer line that runs along the creek that goes from G Loop down to Dry Branch,” said City Manager Patrick Comiskey. “We had two bids. The one that the engineer recommends is the one with Coggins Construction Company for $14,412.50.”
Council member Gary Atwater made a motion to approve the bid. Council member Patsy Perdue seconded the motion.
Mayor Hays Arnold noted that the construction of the line from the pool will solve an issue that has been ongoing and threatened to keep the pool from opening.
“We’ve been told previously it could prevent the opening of the swimming pool and being able to operate it because of the waste water from the pool and so forth,” said Arnold. “That is what this is about, and we can handle it, and that’s what we’re going to do. This will be a benefit to the entire community.”
The vote was called and was 5-0 in favor.
In other business, Council member Jim Richards praised the work of the city electrical department during the recent storm that knocked out power to areas of the city.
“When the power went out during the storm, I called to see when the power was coming back on,” said Richards. “I got our city manager manning the phone at the electric department. The whole city crew did an outstanding job from what I’ve seen and heard. Commendations to Patrick and his crew – job well done.”
Mayor Arnold echoed Richards’ sentiments, and added that work done prior to the storms also kept the city from having more outages.
“Our entire electric department – all of our folks did an outstanding job – but those folks made sure that people had their power up and running as fast as possible,” said Arnold.
“It was a pretty severe wind storm when it came through, and I’d also like to comment that I think the damages were certainly minimized because of the aggressiveness that the City of Thomaston has taken in removing trees and limbs that are in the power lines that could pose substantial damage. In the process of taking those out, I think we have eliminated a lot of the former short outages that we’ve experienced.”