Septic tank waste no longer welcome at Perry plant

chwright@macon.comMarch 19, 2013 

PERRY -- Septic tank waste from Perry needs to go elsewhere, City Council decided Tuesday.

The council voted unanimously to disallow septic tank haulers from using the city waste water treatment facility after the city services management company reported several complications with the sole hauler.

“It does not seem to be working well for that hauler and the city,” said Lee Gilmour, city manager.

Sharon Kelly, project manager at ESG Operations Inc., sent the city a memorandum March 6 stating Brand Septic Haulers violated seven rules in the policy that allows haulers to use the treatment plant. ESG Operations Inc. manages most of the city’s services.

In the letter, Kelly notes the company doesn’t always have the required dump-tickets from City Hall and sometimes offers to just pay the plant’s staff for tickets on site; does not observe hours of operation; and fails to comply with proper testing guidelines. The hauler also brings waste from properties outside of the city, which is also against policy.

“Some of these had been talked about before,” Gilmour said. “Council felt it was necessary to get out of that.”

Gilmour said the city of Warner Robins also does not accept septic tank waste for the same reasons.

He said haulers can use the Montezuma facility 24 miles southwest of the city or the Hawkinsville facility 22 miles southeast.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth pointed out more than 99 percent of city residents do not own septic tanks.

Also at the meeting, council voted unanimously to purchase furniture for the new Davis Farm Fire Station under construction just off Ga. 127 near Langston Road.

The city will pay All A Board Inc., located in Richmond, Va., $9,623 for furniture in the station’s sleeping area, sitting room and dining area.

Gilmour said the cost was included in the project’s original $1.2 million estimate.

The Davis Farm Fire Station is expected to be complete by the summer.

City Council also voted to refinance the 1998 and 2005 water sewer revenue bond series used for water sewer improvements. Gilmour said the refinancing saves $30,000 per year over the next 10 years.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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