City in Georgia closer to outsourcing stormwater utility

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Johns Creek, Georgia, could soon have a rainwater plan underway that will outsource some of the administrative tasks of the rainwater service.

Johns Creek, Georgia city guides are working on a plan that will outsource some of the administrative duties of the rainwater service.

Rainwater was a common issue in Johns Creek and was high on the city’s agenda, reported North Fulton News.

Approximately 80% of the city’s rainwater management systems were installed prior to current best practice methods. The city has since experienced erosion, flooding, and contamination of rivers and lakes, reported North Fulton News.

At a working meeting on December 7th, the council decided that the scope of the service should include parts of the rainwater system outside the city’s driveway. This extends to structures and conveyances from head wall to head wall and the small retaining walls that are placed at the inlet or outlet of a rainwater pipe.

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The city now has $ 3.3 million in its stormwater demarcation account, North Fulton News reported.

After defining the exact scope of services, North Fulton News said Johns Creek would be responsible for public roads and rights of way, public and urban pipeline drainage systems, or the relief of residential areas connected to the public road network.

Although the city has the right to access some of the private stormwater systems for inspection and enforcement, maintenance would fall on the shoulders of the owner.

According to city officials, more staff will be needed to move to a more proactive approach to rainwater management.

Deputy City Administrator Kimberly Greer presented three ways to set up a municipal stormwater management system to the mayor and city council at a working session on January 11th.

The first option would be to increase the workforce in the city and get the work. The second option would be to change the city’s contract with Jacobs Engineering to make the rainwater utility a division of the public works department. A third option would be to outsource the services to other companies.

The majority of the city council and city staff are leaning towards an amended contract with Jacobs.

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