The Ball Ground City Council approved a measure at its most recent meeting to modify its water service area in an agreement with Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority.
“This is a part of our area that is on the north side of the city, near Marion Spence Road and Canton Highway,” Mayor Rick Roberts said.
According to City Manager Eric Wilmarth, there are seven parcels in this particular area currently served by wells that have requested to have water lines installed that could serve them, in part because of problems beginning to arise with the wells.
“Our line currently dead-ends at Holcomb Crossing, in the vicinity of the Dollar General,” Wilmarth said. “Even though it doesn’t look like it too much, there’s a lot of elevation change north past that location.”
As a result of the elevation change, Wilmarth said it would be extremely difficult for the city to run water lines to the seven properties in question. Doing so would have an adverse impact on the hydrology and water quality in the area. Although it may be virtually impossible for the city to do so, he said the county would be able to run lines to the properties without much of a problem.
“Cherokee County Water and Sewer has a 10-inch line already up there on Marion Spence, so for them, they would actually be flowing down to serve, but also using Blair Road, they can also loop it and avoid any water quality issues,” Wilmarth said.
With all this in mind, he said it would make more sense for everyone involved if the city were to relinquish its control over the seven parcels, turning the properties’ water service over to the CCWSA. For example, in order to provide some of the parcels with a water line, the city would have to lay approximately 800 feet of piping directly parallel to water lines already in place by the county.
Councilman John Byrd put forth a motion to approve handing water service control over these seven properties to the county, which was seconded by Councilwoman Andrenia Stoner and passed in a unanimous vote of the council.