Sewer assets transfer OK’d by county commission
by James Phillips
Oct 18, 2011 | 1180 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The long-awaited sewer system operated by the City of Sumiton is within two weeks of being operational, and the Walker County Commission approved a resolution Monday to transfer assets to the new system.

The agreement approved by commissioners said all sewage system assets located in the corporate limits of Sumiton that is currently a part of the East Walker Sewer Authority will be transferred to the new utility provider in Sumiton.

“These assets were originally owned by the City of Sumiton,” Robert Nelson, an engineer working on the new sewer project, told commissioners.

Hank Wiley, an attorney for the Walker County Commission, said he wasn’t sure if the resolution was necessary, but he felt like it would cover the Commission if any of the property happened to belong to the group.

Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis said in a phone interview the approval was needed because the East Walker Sewer Authority was created by the Walker County Commission years ago.

“This is basically just transferring the lines within our city back to us,” Ellis said. “These lines combined with the newer ones that we’ve put in over the last few years will make up our new system.”

Ellis said once the pressure is checked on several lines and pumping stations are switched over the city’s system will be ready.

“I believe we are looking at a couple of weeks at the most,” he said. “When this project is finished, our city’s utilities will be able to offer gas, water and sewer. We are happy to see this almost finished.

In other business from Monday’s meeting:

• The Commission approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Youth Services The $211,500 grant was awarded to the county to be used for the Walker County Youth Advocate Program, which provides community-based alternatives to incarceration for minors.

•Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick signed a proclamation marking Oct. 23-31 as Pro Bono Week in Walker County.