Elberton Council OKs deal to serve some natural gas customers in Bowman area

By Linton Johnson linton@wsgcradio.com

The Elberton City Council voted Thursday to approve an intergovernmental contract with the City of Bowman, under which Elberton will provide natural gas service to customers in a part of Bowman’s service territory where Bowman has determined it is not feasible to provide natural gas.
The resolution approved by council members and read by City Manager Lanier Dunn states in part, “Bowman has received a request from two potential customers located in Bowman’s safety-based territory on King Hall Mill Road and Martin Road; and … Bowman has determined that it is not and will not be feasible, either financially or technically, to serve these two potential customers at these locations; and … Bowman desires for Elberton to serve these two potential customers from Elberton’s natural gas distribution system, and to amend the Safety Plan and territorial map accordingly.”
The council also placed an ordinance on first reading to change the city law on permitted building signs. Dunn said the proposed change closes what he called a loophole by reducing the portion of a store window that can be taken up by a sign to 25 percent. The ordinance will be considered for approval at the next council meeting.
Council members voted to grant a waiver for open container consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Public Square during two upcoming special events, the Elberton Cruise In Classic Car Show & Granite Bowl Blast Fireworks Display on July 21 and the Granite City BBQ Festival in September.
In his financial report, Dunn stated positive balances for May of $6,314 in the General Fund, $35,417 in the Combined Utility Fund, $118,501 in the ElbertonNET Technology Fund and $1,130 in the Solid Waste Fund.
Dunn also reported that the city-owned Samuel Elbert Hotel had an average occupancy rate of 35.4 percent during its first year of operation, with September being the busiest month at 45.6 percent and January on the low end at 27.2 percent.

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