RABUN GAP— After five years of saving and many months of construction, the Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority has moved into its new office-shop building and held its first meeting of 2020 on Tuesday, January 14.
The building is located at 1650 Yorkhouse Rd., Rabun Gap.
“I want to thank y’all and thank my staff,” said Brendan Thompson, general manager for the RCWSA, to board members at the meeting.
He thanked everyone for all of the hard work put in to make the new building possible.
Thompson also thanked the Rabun County Board of Commissioners for helping make it possible.
“I think it’s a great shining example of what we can do as a community if we work together,” Thompson said.
The building is 60x80 and includes a 3,000 ft. Bay Area and 12,000 ft. storage area, Thompson said.
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money along with taxpayer money saved up for five years was used to fund the project.
Darrin Giles, county administrator, congratulated the RCWSA on the new building and was glad that they had a facility in better condition than their previous one.
“We owe no debt service on this building,” Thompson said. He said that there is no debt on the building and that they did their own contracting work in-house.
“We’ve got a lot more work to do,” Thompson said. He said that work still needs to be completed on the building, such as painting it.
“That to me is just incredible,” said Greg Peters, vice chairman of the RCWSA, about having no debit service on the building. “Something to celebrate.”
Board members discussed a dispute of the city of Clayton’s August water bill in the amount of $48,708.82
“They only paid partial of our August water bill,” Thompson said.
Thompson along with some RCWSA board members were present at the city of Clayton’s council meeting on Tuesday to discuss water bill disputes.
The December 2019 ending balance on the RCWA operating bank account is $74,010.46.
Board members voted to take the Sky Valley Sanitary Sewer Update off of the meeting agenda moving forward until it was brought to them for an update.
It has been on the agenda for 9-10 months without an update, according to a board member.