The estimated $1 million cost to repair the Seven Oaks Lake dam in Johns Creek will be shared by the city, Fulton County and Seven Oaks Homeowners Association under agreements approved by the Johns Creek City Council. SEVEN OAKS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Johns Creek, homeowners, county to share dam repair costs

The Johns Creek City Council has approved cost-sharing agreements with a homeowners association and Fulton County for repairs – initially estimated at $1 million – to bring the Seven Oaks Lake dam into compliance with state regulations.

Johns Creek will be responsible for the design, construction and $400,000 of the project’s cost, according to the agreements. The Seven Oaks Homeowners Association will contribute $400,000, and Fulton County, $200,000.

Johns Creek’s interest in the dam is a public roadway, and the county’s, a water line within the dam, according to a staff report to the council.

Staff said the Safe Dams Program of the state’s Environmental Protection Division notified the city and homeowners association in August, 2018, that it had reclassified the Seven Oaks dam as a Category I dam – meaning its failure would lead to a probable loss of life. Deficiencies would have to be corrected.

Dewberry, the city’s engineering consultant, is drawing up repair plans. Construction is expected to take place in the 2021 fiscal year.

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