The city of Senoia will be providing sewer service to a commercial development outside the city limits.
Monday night, the Senoia City Council voted to approve the extension of sewer service to the Sixteen Town Center retail center. The conceptual plan for the development shows three buildings, including a proposed pizza restaurant, a physical therapy office, a dry-cleaning drop-off facility and a self-storage facility.
The restaurant would require 2,500 gallons of sewer a day, with the other businesses requiring approximately 960 gallons per day, said City Manager Harold Simmons.
The retail center would be on property owned by Jeff Lindsey and partners, and is adjacent to Greater Atlanta Pentecostals church.
A sewer easement already exists in front of the property, said developer representative Danielle Humber. “It would be great if we could tap into it since it is there,” she said.
In exchange for being allowed to tap onto the city’s sewer system, the developers will build a golf cart trail from the Fieldstone subdivision to the Cumberland Village shopping center.
“If a developer wants to tap into city sewer at their expense … and they’re not going to annex it, I don’t have a problem with it in trade for the project with the trail,” said Councilman Jeff Fisher.
Because the property between Fieldstone and Cumberland hasn’t been developed yet, the trail will be temporary until that development happens, said Councilman Maurice Grover.
Simmons added that the city’s zoning ordinance does not allow for self-storage facilities in the city limits.
In other meeting business:
• The traffic study for the proposed Keg Creek Landing subdivision is complete and is available on the city’s website, www.senoia.com
Lu Nations-Miller spoke during public comment about the traffic study.
“When are y’all going to look at it and figure out what needs to be done?” she asked the council. “Because there were some serious things that were pointed out in the traffic study including looking at needing a signal analysis. I wondered what the timeline is for all of this.”
Community Development Director Dina Rimi said that a council member is speaking with the developer, Brent Holdings, about the traffic light warrant study.
“That is something we want to look into further,” Rimi said.
The traffic study recommended that a right-turn lane be built at Seavy Street and Hwy. 85, and that eventually a “warrant signal analysis” be performed to see if a traffic light would be appropriate at the intersection. Hwy. 85 is controlled by the Georgia Department of Transportation, and GDOT will only approve traffic lights on state highways if the analysis shows that a light is warranted.
The report states that “the only way to reduce the Seavy Street left turn delays to acceptable levels is to signalize the intersection.”
Miller said she wanted to be sure that she knew in advance when the issue would next be discussed at a council meeting.
“I don’t have a date yet,” Simmons said. “I will get with them tomorrow.”
Grover asked that the information be put on the city’s website.
• Garbage pickup for city residents will soon cost $15 a month.
Last year, the city solicited bids for a garbage provider and only one company, Pollard Sanitation, submitted a bid. The bid was for $15 a month, Simmons said.
“We sat down and had a conversation and they agreed to remain at $13.85, which was the current price,” for the first year, Simmons said.
He asked the council to approve the increase to $15 for next year.
“I think we’ve gotten improved service, not just in reliability but in the frequency of service and pick up of things that weren’t in the first contract,” said Councilman Chuck Eichorst. “I appreciate their willingness to hold the cost in the first year … I feel like we are getting our money’s worth.”
• The council voted to appoint Cindy Divido to the Downtown Development Authority, on the recommendation of the DDA.
“Cindy would be a great addition,” said Grover.
• Light Up Senoia will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, and the DDA’s Candlelight Tour of Homes will be Sunday. Dec. 10.
• City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• The council voted to accept the streets in the Traditions of Senoia development. The acceptance starts the clock on the three-year maintenance bond for the streets. If the streets are damaged by construction in the next three years, the developer is responsible for repair.