Forsyth won’t buy land for wastewater plant

Reversing a prior decision to buy land for a proposed wastewater treatment plant, Forsyth County is rescinding a contract to buy 99.9 acres in the northeast part of the county for the facility. AJC FILE /BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

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Reversing a prior decision to buy land for a proposed wastewater treatment plant, Forsyth County is rescinding a contract to buy 99.9 acres in the northeast part of the county for the facility. AJC FILE /BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

After hearing objections from nearby property owners, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners voted to rescind a contract to acquire 99.9 acres in the northeast part of the county for a proposed wastewater treatment plant.

The county had approved a contract in September to pay $3 million to acquire the plant site from Andrew and Lisa Tallant. But commissioners on Dec. 20 voted to terminate the contract.

“I’d like for us to go back to the drawing board,” Forsyth Board Chairman Todd Levent told commissioners. “Let staff bring us all kinds of different options (and) explain to us the costs of those options.”

Objections were voiced at a Dec. 12 town hall on the county’s plans to construct the plant in phases starting in 2020. It would have an initial capacity of 2.5 million gallons per day, increasing over time to 5 million gallons and then 10 million gallons.

Highly treated wastewater would be released into Lake Lanier, in the Chestatee Bay area off Waldrip Road, according to a Frequently Asked Questions website: https://bit.ly/2B3SYTy