By: Rob Moore
(HELEN) – The City of Helen will proceed with cleaning up aging wastewater collection infrastructure. At its meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Helen City Commission voted to approve a proposal from Engineering Management Inc. (EMI) to proceed with replacing 1,500 linear feet of sewer line installed in the 1980s.
The mostly eight-inch PVC pipe is located in a wet area with high water tables in or near the vegetative buffer for state waters, including the Chattahoochee River. It runs along a dirt road beside Willow Pond, crosses Brucken Strasse and runs through the Lorelei property tying in near the Chattahoochee River.
The improvements will reduce potential for wastewater spill and increased inflow and infiltration into the wastewater system. Estimated cost for the project is $350,000. A $297,500 Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan would be used to finance the project, with the remaining $52,500 coming in the form of principal forgiveness.