Water Authority Considers ServLine Insurance Plan for Customers

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Water Authority discussed a potential new ServLine Insurance Plan for its Customers during their meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Customer water leaks aren’t the fault of the Water Authority, and thus is the responsibility of the customer to fix. This can be rather costly on the water bill.

Jenna with ServLine

As Jenna with ServLine explained, the purpose of this insurance would be to cover such costly water bills from water leaks by reimbursing the Water Authority directly.

This reimburses what customer’s owe on their bill because of the leak, not what it costs to fix the leak.

This insurance would cover one occurrence in a 12-month period, that can cover two consecutive billing cycles, with a two times
average qualifier.

This means customers would be able for a one leak claim in a 12-month period. It can cover two months, but in order to qualify, the customer’s bill would have to be at least twice their average.

Leaky toilets, dripping faucets and commercial coverage is also optional, should the Water Authority choose to cover them as well.

Fannin County Water Authority would be the name insured on the policy, and the Water Authority customers are beneficiaries of the policy.

The cost of the insurance would be added to the water bill, or added to the base water rate.

If written into the cost of base water rate, this would basically be a rate increase. Customer’s won’t see as a line item on their bill. There would be a 10% discount from ServLine for going this route.

Or, will show up as a line item on customer’s bills if customer’s do not choose to decline to participate.

The optional maximum limits are as follows: $2,500 max that ServLine will pay for a leak.
$500 leak adjustment limit = $1.75/month
$1,000 leak adjustment limit = $2.00/month
$2,500 leak adjustment limit = $2.35/month

These are residential only rates. This is one reimbursement per 12-month period coverage, as mentioned above.

Rates are guaranteed not to be raised within two years.

The Water Authority may add a small administrative fee (five – 15 cents) if they choose to do so.

There is a second, optional part to the program as well. Customer’s may opt in for one or both.

This second option deals with outside water lines.

If there’s an issue with the lines outside of the home from the meter up to the foundation (ServLine doesn’t go under the foundation or inside the home), you can be reimbursed directly for the plumber, parts needed to fix the leak, etc.

This would be an additional $5.75/month for a $10,000 max reimbursement, and this is unlimited, so you would get more than one reimbursement per year, unlike the leak protection.

Customer’s can opt-out through ServLine directly at any time.

Educational materials will be mailed to customers of the Fannin County Water Authority prior to implementation of the plan.

The board has yet to make a decision on this, so be sure to stay tuned for future updates on the matter!

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Amelia Estates Seeks to Maintain Private Water System

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Representatives of Amelia Estates spoke with the Fannin County Water Authority in regards to keeping their private water system during the authority’s meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Appalachian Water is seeking a letter from the authority stating that they are not near the estates. But because they are, and are able to and willing to serve the area, this letter has not been furnished.

The private system currently in place consists of two wells, each 463 feet deep, with one being currently used and the other lying dormant for future usage. The water from these wells have been tested against Appalachian water tests to confirm the quality of the water.

The filtration system alone for the private wells have cost the residents of Amelia Estates approximately $7,000.

The claim is that the residents of Amelia Estates are happy with their current system. They pay $34 per month and do not want to be metered or pay the expensive prices the Water Authority has in place.

Georgia law dictates however that the water usage must be monitored, so cooperation between The Water Authority and Appalachian Water is needed for Amelia Estates to obtain a permit.

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The Water Authority states that they have no problem not moving their water lines into the estates, but that they assume no liability for what may happen.

Private water systems have been known to fail, and the county has had to step in to do things such as place crates of water for those effected, etc. The Water Authority has seen people make these requests in the past, just to have them come back a few years down the line with problems they encounter. The authority doesn’t wish to say they won’t ever serve the area, but would rather say that they won’t in the immediate future.

The authority would like documentation containing signatures from the residents of Amelia Estates before moving forward, but cite that they would like more time to research this and get back to Amelia Estates during next month’s meeting, which is currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2 pm. Stay tuned for future updates!
 
 
 
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Fannin County Water Authority discusses expanding water lines to Temple Baptist Church in addition to Robinson Stave

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – During their meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Fannin County Water Authority discussed expanding water lines to Temple Baptist Church at 28 High Country Crossing, Morganton, GA 30560, in addition to Robinson Stave at 1227 Loving Rd, Morganton, GA 30560.

It would take a little under 2,000 feet to go down highway 515, the board reported. There is a fairly large subdivision adjacent to the Temple Baptist property, and the project cost would be approximately $75,000 for labor and materials. This doesn’t include anything unforeseen that may come into play, however, such as issues with clearing rock. If this were to occur, it would be an approximate additional $8,000 for engineering costs.

All in all, it would cost the Water Authority approximately $90,000 total to include the church with the Robinson Stave Project.

The status of the water in the subdivision near the church is currently unknown, though it was said that no one residing within the subdivision has issued any complaints regarding the quality of the water.

The board discussed using existing lines for the project, but this will only occur if the lines meet the boards specifications. The water meters will also need swapping out, which will incur an additional expense.

The board says they would like to check existing lines prior to moving forward with this plan.

In addition to Temple Baptist, the board also discussed the construction currently occurring at Lake Cove.

The board discussed how to handle the service taps for Lake Cove, stating that Contractor Dusty Stanco has already staked off where he plans on placing meters as if one will be placed at every lot. The debate was whether or not to go ahead and place all taps, or to just place them for those who have already signed up and paid.

At least 25 people have actually paid their bill on the taps. The timing of the placement of the taps will ultimately impact the overall cost to the water authority.

It’s believed it would be easier to go ahead and place the taps, and the board had voted on this unanimously.

Two invoices were also approved by the board unanimously. One for Doss & Associates from October of 2018 for $10,018.75, the other for Byers Well Drilling for flow tests and water samples for My Mountain Well at $9,642.00.

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Make Valentine’s Day Flowers and Plants Last Longer

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Make Valentine’s Day Flowers and Plants Last Longer

By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you are like me, you are frantically trying to decide what to give a loved one. But before you decide, please put some thought into your choice.

But first, did you know that the occasion actually started back during the Roman Empire? The poet Chaucer changed the perception with flowery poetry and turned it into one of the most popular days to give flowers. There is a lot of symbolism around the type, color, and number of flowers that are given, but rather than going into all that, I want to provide you with some ideas about the types of flowers to give and how flowers should be cared for.

Roses are the most popular flower given for Valentine’s Day, but did you realize that tulips are the second most popular? Don’t rule out giving a live plant (or even a potted flowering plant) that can be kept indoors and/or moved outside once the weather warms up. I like live plants because they can be enjoyed all year, not just on this special day, but an avid gardener might simply enjoy a gardening gift. Below are a few guidelines which will make live flowers last longer.

Water is vital. Keep the vase or floral foam soaked with water at all times. Add fresh water daily and use warm water as this speeds uptake. If the water turns cloudy, replace it immediately with fresh water. If possible, re-cut rose stems every day by removing one to two inches. Use a sharp knife and if at all possible, this cut should be made under water and at an angle as this allows the stem to draw in water instead of air.

Keep Valentine’s flowers cool. Warm temperatures shorten the life of the blooms. Avoid direct sunlight and heating vents. Did you know that warm air from ceiling fans will cause the flowers to fade, so avoid a down draft? Appliances like TV’s and computers also give off heat causing the flowers to dry out.

Use a floral trick for wilted or droopy flowers. If the flowers start to wilt, remove the stem from the arrangement and re-cut the stem. Next, submerge the entire flower in warm water. Leave it in the water for one to two hours. This treatment should perk the flowers up and extend its life for a couple of more days. This trick works well for cut roses.

Take special care of flowers wrapped in paper or a box. If you give loose stems of flowers, keep them cool as long as possible before delivering them to your loved one. If you receive loose stem flowers, fill a clean vase with water and add flower food from a florist. Follow packet instructions for mixing. Before placing the stems in the vase, remove all foliage that will be below the waterline because leaves in water promote bacterial growth which decreases the life of the flowers. Re-cutting the stems under water with a sharp knife is recommended before placing in the vase.

Potted plants and bulbs are also a popular gift. Like arrangements, keep potted flowering plants in a cool location and avoid heat drafts or dry air to make the color last longer. Most indoor plants will require even a little moisture so check the soil daily and add water if the soil is dry to the touch, but do not let the plants stand in water as this will harm the root system.

If you have any questions about caring for flowers and plants, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Residents Ask Fannin County Water Authority to Intervene

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Three different couples approached the Fannin County Water Authority (FCWA) to request that the FCWA intervene with their water service provider Appalachian Water. Deer Crest Overlook and Weaver Creek Mountain Property are connected to two congested wells in the area.

The issue here, is that these wells are only supposed to supply between 10-15 houses and now both wells are connected to over 60 homes—some full-time residents, some rentals, and some seasonal homes. Due to an influx of people residing in the area, around the beginning of July every year the full-time residents lose access to water for five or six days due to the failing of these water sources.

Water is being charged between thirty and forty dollars a month. It’s been said that once someone charges for water, the water must be tested regularly for contaminants and to ensure that the water is drinkable.

Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss asked, “Okay, what we have to know before you guys can do anything is who owns the well, if the people that own the well are the same as the people who own the system, what kind of right-aways you have or don’t have. Do y’all pay somebody monthly?”

All three couples answered, “Yes. We pay Appalachian Water.”

Doss then replied, “Well the question is are you paying for water? Are you paying for water and service? Are you paying for water, service, and maintenance? Because until you have those questions answered we wouldn’t even know if we could start to help you.”

Local resident Bob Flanders responded, “We pay for water. There is no maintenance fee.”

FCWA Vice Chairman Larry Chapman replied, “My question, too, is that if they have Deer Crest on there now and it’s across the street then, I mean, have they done this legally? Because if they hadn’t contacted Environmental Protection Division (EPD) about this—when you add customers on a small system like this usually the biggest thing is storage. You’ll have a well that’s 20-30 gallons per minute and you have to adjust the storage, it’ll put out the water to treat ‘em but you got to have the storage, so it does it 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

In the end, the FCWA instructed the residents to contact the health department and EPD so that they can follow the proper channels to getting their water issues fixed. FCWA explained that they cannot get involved unless they are instructed to do so.

Details emerge on Blue Ridge water outage

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – New details have surfaced concerning Tuesday evening’s water outage in downtown Blue Ridge.

According to Rebecca Harkins, director of Blue Ridge Water and Sewer department, a contractor doing a road bore beneath state Route 515 near East Highland Street in an effort to install a two-inch water service line struck and ruptured a six-inch water main line Tuesday afternoon.

Harkins stated the incident occurred when the bore struck an unknown line under Hwy. 515 as it was being backed out. She added that the ruptured water main was eight-feet deep below at least a foot of pavement and was not detected by sonar equipment last week during preliminary work site preparations.

A ruptured water main near East Highland Street and state Route 515 resulted in a widespread water outage for downtown Blue Ridge water customers Tuesday evening.

Water service was restored to affected customers at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning as crews removed a portion of pavement near the shoulder of Hwy. 515 to access the point of rupture, Harkins stated. Later Wednesday, the two-inch line water line was successfully installed and clean up of the site began.

Harkins said Johnson Paving will perform the pavement repair on the roadway after the clean up process is completed.

“The city of Blue Ridge would like to thank all of the utility crews that worked till 1:30 a.m. in the freezing temperatures to make sure water was restored to the customers. The city would also like to thank Holloway Trenching for stopping by and offering help,” Harkins said of the repair and clean up efforts.

 

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UPDATE: Boil advisory lifted in McCaysville, Copperhill

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McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – UPDATE: Amber Brooks, city clerk for the city of Copperhill, confirmed Saturday, Jan. 20, that the water boil advisory for Copperhill, Tennessee, water customers has been lifted after bacteriological tests have ensured the safety the town’s water.

On Friday, McCaysville lifted its own boil advisory for its water customers following sampling and testing from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), which found that system’s water to be safe for consumption without boiling.

 

According to the Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) alert system, the water boil advisory for McCaysville water customers has been lifted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). McCaysville water customers may now consume water without having to boil it first to ensure its safety.

As for Copperhill, Tennessee, which receives its water from the McCaysville water system, City Clerk Amber Brooks stated a boil advisory remains in effect for that town’s water customers as Copperhill has only been able to pump a limited amount of water from the McCaysville system and water from the Copperhill water tanks has not yet been sampled and tested.

Continue to follow FetchYourNews for updates on the water situation in the twin cities.

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Update: Boil advisory for McCaysville, Copperhill water customers

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McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – UPDATE: In addition to McCaysville water customers, the city of Copperhill has issued a boil advisory for its water customers. According to Amber Brooks, city clerk for Copperhill, the advisory stems from low levels in the city’s water tank. Brooks added the city is hauling water from the Copper Basin Utility District water system in Ducktown, Tennessee, to fill the city tank.

Water customers of the city of McCaysville, which supplies water to the Copperhill water system, also remain under a boil advisory that was originally issued Friday.

 

McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – The Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) announced a boil advisory Friday, Jan. 5, for McCaysville water customers.

“Due to freezing pipes and low tank levels, all customers on the McCaysville Water System are under a boil advisory until further notice,” the Fannin EMA advisory read.

The McCaysville water system has experienced water main breaks in the past few days due to extremely cold temperatures. This, along with customers leaving faucets dripping overnight to prevent freezing, has led to low tank levels at the city’s water system tank.

Continue to follow FetchYourNews for updates on the water situation in the twin cities.

 

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

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