Phil Parker

Fort Oglethorpe Public Utilities Director Phil Parker (left) discusses sewer projects during a recent City Council meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The city of Fort Oglethorpe recently finalized the completion of one of its sewer projects, and also stocked up on water meters for its Public Utilities Department.

During its Nov. 13 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a final change order on the Red Bud Avenue sewer project, which began in 2015 as an effort to extend sewer to a number of residents who were on septic tanks just off Cloud Springs Road.

"This is a change order that adjusts the final quantities of the project," said Public Utilities Director Phil Parker. "The project is completed and the change order has increased it by $35,047.79."

Parker says the additional work was needed to comply with county code and to offset landscaping issues that arose during the work.

"The majority of the change is due to paving, seeding, and mulch for the additional topsoil and paving work," Parker said. "We had two very severe rain events that occurred toward the end of this project. A lot of the landscaping was destroyed during these events and the additional paving was to meet county requirements because that is a county road. We have all the closeout documents, and the engineer says most of the residents have signed off that the property restorations have been completed. This pretty much ends the Red Bud project after almost four years."

During the meeting, the board also approved the purchase of 57 new water meters.

"This request is to purchase 57 of the radio data log meters the we use from Delta Municipal Supply for $11,884," Parker said. "This pretty much finishes out my year as far as being able to buy meters. It will leave us a little bit of cushion in the event that something occurs before the end of the year, but meter wise, we should be in good shape."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.