Senoia is developing a beaver problem.
City Manager Harold Simmons told the Senoia City Council Monday night that there are beavers building dams near the Cumberland subdivision and the Senoia Police Department.
Last year, one beaver colony was identified. This year, there are four, according to Simmons.
“They are multiplying,” he said.
City crews can go out and knock down a dam and “they build it back within 24 hours,” he said.
“If you don’t remove the colony we’re going to keep having problems,” Simmons said.
The city has received a proposal from Animal Control Experts, LLC for removal of the beavers, at a cost of $1,850.
“We are asking the mayor and council to approve this because the problem is not going away. It’s going to get bigger,” Simmons said.
The request was approved. In other meeting business:
• The city will be partnering with Georgia Power Company on new remote read water meters.
In January, council members approved the purchase of the meters – which can be read from the office – from Kendall Meters. Reading the meters would require the installation of two antennas, one on the water tower downtown and one in the Heritage Pointe area, Simmons said. The antennas and towers would cost the city approximately $84,000, as well as ongoing maintenance and repair costs.
Georgia Power approached the city and “offered us a deal,” Simmons said. Georgia Power already has antennas all over town to read its own meters, and those antennas could be used to read the city’s water meters as well.
“We would not have to pay for those towers, and we would not have to maintain them,” Simmons said.
Georgia Power also will buy the Kendall meters and allow the city to pay Georgia Power over time. The original plan was for the city to pay the $600,000 cost for the meters over three years. Georgia Power will allow it to be paid back over 10 years, with no pre-payment penalty. Simmons said Monday that the plan is still to pay the meters off after three years.
Georgia Power will charge a monthly fee for the use of the antenna system, which is approximately the same as the city would have had to pay anyway, Simmons said.
The meter information will be transmitted to city hall, and the city will still be in charge of billing.
“The results will be the same whether it’s Kendall or Georgia Power,” Simmons said.
• The council scheduled a town hall meeting for Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. The meeting will likely be held at the East Coweta Senior Center.
The town hall meeting will be held to discuss the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which is coming up for a vote on Nov. 5, as well as the city’s sewer and stormwater projects and water needs. There will be “a lot of information on where the city is going in the next 10 or 15 years,” said Mayor Jeff Fisher.
• The annual Cruisin’ to the Oldies car show will be Sept. 28.