2017-08-31 / Front Page

GEFA loan funding will replace manholes for city’s service to industrial park area


Water and Sewer Distribution Superintendent Darrell Rogers shows the deterioration of manholes to be replaced with funds available from GEFA. He said there are 14-16 such manholes in the line. Water and Sewer Distribution Superintendent Darrell Rogers shows the deterioration of manholes to be replaced with funds available from GEFA. He said there are 14-16 such manholes in the line. The City of Washington has been awarded a $400,000 Georgia Fund loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors. The loan will finance replacing manholes for the industrial park to accommodate future growth and economic development for the city. The city will pay 1.90 percent interest on the 15-year loan.

“We became aware of the deterioration of the manholes in 2016 and began planning on how we could fund the rehab project,” Washington City Administrator Sherri Bailey explained.

The manholes are in the sewer line that runs from the industrial park to the city’s water treatment plant. There are 14-16 of them in desperate need of replacement.

City officials felt it was necessary to begin repairs on the manholes as soon as possible due to the fact that they service Novipax (formerly Paper Pak) and the new Regional Youth Detention Center which will be coming online when it begins operations at the end of 2017.

“It was also crucial that we make repairs as not to hinder any future development that might take place in that area of the Industrial Park,” Bailey said. “GEFA has always worked with the City of Washington on projects such as this, offering us interest rates and terms that allow us to make improvements and sometimes upgrades to our system and infrastructure.”

“The Georgia Fund is a tangible commitment by Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly to assist local governments across the state with their infrastructure improve- ments,” GEFA Executive Director Kevin Clark said. “In addition to the public’s health and safety, these projects are critical to a community’s economic growth and prosperity.”

Clark also expressed appreciation to Gov. Deal, State Senator Lee Anderson, and state representatives Michael Caldwell and Tom McCall for their support. “The state’s commitment to helping cities and counties finance infrastructure projects contributes greatly to improving Georgia’s water resources.” he said.

The Georgia Fund, a state-funded program administered by GEFA, provides communities with low-interest loans for water, wastewater, water conservation, and solid waste infrastructure projects. Eligible projects include water and sewer lines, treatment plants, pumping stations, wells, water storage tanks, and water meters. These projects conserve and improve water resources and facilitate economic growth and development. Low-interest loans from this program are available up to $3 million.

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), headquartered in Atlanta, is the lead agency for state energy programs; directs the Georgia Land Conservation Program; maintains state-owned fuel storage tanks; and offers financing for reservoir and water supply, water quality, stormwater, and solid waste infrastructure. Since 1985, GEFA has approved financial commitments totaling more than $3.7 billion to local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

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