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Fayette, PTC agree on appealing dam decision

Pre-holiday, after-hours release sets Lake Peachtree dredging completion in January 2015; no plans for ‘alternative uses’ of lake site

The following is an emailed news release sent by Fayette County after office hours Thursday just before the July 4th holiday. All city and county offices were closed.

Peachtree City, Georgia, July 3, 2014 — Elected officials from the Fayette County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday at City Hall in Peachtree City with elected officials from the City Council of Peachtree City to discuss the plans and timetables for returning Lake Peachtree to a state of good repair.

Both the city and county governments agree that the Georgia Environmental Protection’s classification of Lake Peachtree as a “Category I” structure should be appealed. Discussions are underway on how to proceed.

Both governments are working on creating a joint resolution, advancing communication, project structure and obligations.

The county government is prepared to begin the dry dredging process at the lake, but both the city and county acknowledge the process, following state and federal regulations, will take time to complete. The county has requested permission to proceed with the dredging, using a dry dredging process , awaiting approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The county is providing copies of all proposals, contracts and reports to the city government for their review and approval as the owner of the lake. The timetable, as it currently exists, has a completion date for the dredging process around January of 2015.

Since the dam and spillway issue will take longer to resolve than that dredging process, residents can expect the lake bed to grass-over again after the dredging. The grass will have no impact on water quality and will die out once the lake is refilled.

Both the county and city governments want to see the lake restored and there are no plans for alternative uses of the lake bed site.

Local officials will provide project details and timelines to the news media once they become available and both governments have had a chance to review the plans.

[Released via email Thursday, July 3, at 6:47 p.m.]

Comments

Cyclist's picture

As anyone heard the results of the report from Golden Associates? Specifically, whether the county still needs to draw water from the lake.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

And thank you Fayette County, for getting this email out keeping us updated. Wish the same could have been done by the mayor, but for now, thank you to the County for keeping us informed.

Wish council would explain their rationale for the attorney.

This week, by Thursday, will be telling, in many ways.

Hey, I enjoyed Cal's dam joke in the headline above.:)

rolling stone's picture

I think it will be in the 7 million dollar range when all is said and done, and it will be July 2016 when the lake is back. I can't help it, unrealistic optimism got the best of me on this one.

How sad it is for the residents and visitors of Peachtree City to look at the barren land in the middle of town. In the meantime, does Code Enforcement intend to enforce to limit the growth of grass to 12 inches? That would help enhance the beauty of what was once a beautiful site to behold.

It is too late. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reviewed the lake bed, noticed the proliferation of wild life and has put in motion the activity to have the lake bed formally declared protected wetlands.

Now PTC will no longer need to worry about pulling contaminated water from the lake int on the community water system.

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