Moultrie Observer

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February 23, 2012

Wheels rolling on $20M project

City goes to bond market to rehab wastewater system

MOULTRIE — The Moultrie City Council took the first steps Tuesday to issue bonds to pay for a renovation at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The council instructed the staff Tuesday to begin the paperwork to request that the South Georgia Governmental Services Authority issue revenue bonds for up to $14.5 million to fund the project.

City Finance Director Gary McDaniel said the preliminary schedule calls for the bonds to be issued in May, but the actual issuance could be earlier or later, based on favorable bond rates. Tuesday’s resolution calls on the staff to do the paperwork work that will position the city to get the bonds when the time is right.

The overall project is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $20 million, City Manager Mike Scott has said.

The city received word in January that it would receive two low-interest loans from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, totaling $8.85 million, for work on the same project.

The wastewater project was the largest expenditure listed on the recent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum, which voters approved in November. An existing SPLOST, which funds other projects, will expire late this year or in early 2013, and the SPLOST approved in November will take effect then. At that time, the city’s portion of the collections will be used to pay the debt, according to plans discussed prior to the November vote. In discussing the revolving fund loans, Scott said other city revenue sources may also be tapped to pay the money back.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

• Approved an alcohol license application to sell beer for off-premises consumption at Quick Mart 23, 602 Ga. Highway 133 South.

• Approved submission of a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant.

• Approved a resolution recognizing April 22-28 as Georgia Cities Week, a state-wide event with the theme “The Magic of Cities.”

• Designated that same week, April 22-28, as Moultrie’s annual Spring Cleanup Week, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

• Waived the rental fee for the city’s credit union to use the Spence Field Community Center for its Credit Union Dinner March 27.

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