published Thursday, December 17th, 2009

WWTA cedes area to city

by Cliff Hightower

by Matt Wilson
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Mike Carter

PDF: Tennessee infrastructure report

Article: WWTA cedes area to city

PDF: Plumber reimbursement worksheet

Article: Red Bank request could be costly

PDF: Red Bank letter

PDF: Announcement of the $8 fee implementation

Article: Hixson utility to charge WWTA for $8 fee

Article: Hamilton County: Confirmed: $8 sewer fee will start in May

PDF: WWTA brief

Article: East Ridge: WWTA committee turns down proposal for alternative fee

Article: Hamilton County: Residents push for Anderson inquiry

Article: East Ridge: Lower WWTA fee may be option

Article: Hamilton County: WWTA seversties with attorney

PDF: Analysis of the WWTA board’s makeup

Article: Hamilton County: Former WWTA chairmam blames politics for ouster

Article: Signal Mountain sewer moratorium remains

Article: Hamilton County: Official calls for sewer fee revote

Article: Tennessee: WWTA board member wants attorney out

Article:Chattanooga: Wright named to WWTA board

Article: Chattanooga: WWTA chairman Hoss resigns

Article: Chattanooga: Adams declares document fight with WWTA over

Article: Legal bills for WWTA hit nearly $120,000

Article:Chattanooga: WWTA chairman Hoss resigns

PDF: Hoss resignation letter

PDF: Hoss Letter

Article: Hamilton County: Angry residents threaten suit in eminent domain case

Article: Chattanooga: Adams declares document fight with WWTA over

PDF: Mr. Anderson’s bills to the WWTA for the month of July

Article: Hoss works on providing legal accounts for Hamilton county

Article: Signal mountain sewer moratorium remains

Article: Water panel tempers out-of-county expansion

Article: WWTA attorney says he has not resigned from East Ridge post

Article:Hamilton County: Commissioners to wait for WTTA documents, but raise questions

Article:Hamilton County: Chairman rebuts conflict-of-interest questions

Article: Hamilton County: Wastewater authority agrees to produce legal bills

PDF:WWTA accounts

Article: Hamilton County: Adams says latest WWTA document unacceptable

Article: Hamilton County commissioners demand WWTA documents

PDF: Resolution the commission passed

Article: Hamilton County to vote on WWTA records today

PDF: Redacted versions of the legal invoices

PDF: Commissioner Curtis Adams’ letter

Article: Adams unsatisfied with new WWTA documents

PDF:Letter from Commisioner Curtis Adams about the WWTA

PDF: Hamilton county’s Water and Wastewater Treament Authority

PDF: East Ridge invoices from attorney John Anderson

Article:Hamilton County: Attorney bill dispute delayed for two weeks

Article:Hamilton County: Adams pushes vote on WWTA

Article: Hamilton County, water authority continue standoff

Article: Hamilton County Commission defers vote on WWTA records

Article: Hamilton County: Adams pushes vote on WWTA

Article: Hamilton County Commissioner Adams continues fight for WWTA information

Article: Hamilton County Commissioner Adams angered at WWTA

PDF: Commission Resolution

Article: Hamilton County: Adams may take WWTA to court over records

PDF: Wastewater_Authority

Article: Hamilton County WWTA approves $8 monthly fee

PDF: Operating budget analysis

PDF: WWTA opinion

Article:Hamilton County: Wastewater authority plans vote on fee plan

Article: East Ridge residents sour on sewer fee

Article: Hamilton County: Former state representative chides wastewater authority

Article: Hamilton County: Sewer authority may lift hold on fee next month

Article: Wastewater panel draws fire at Red Bank meet



Article: Hamilton County: Wastewater authority spent $54,000 on sewer-laws lobbying

Article: Official calls for sewer fee revote

Article: Lack of oversight of sewer authority rankles some county commissioners

PDF: Commission Chairman Bill Hullander

PDF: Commissioner Curtis Adams

PDF: Red Bank WWTA

Article: Red Bank would take sewers back from county authority

Article: Wastewater, Red Bank officials seek deal on fee

Article: Casavant defends $8 sewer fee

Article: Commissioners ask WWTA for explanation of fee

All the sewers within the city of Chattanooga's urban growth boundary -- even the ones not in the city limits -- now are the city's responsibility.

On Wednesday, the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority voted to give the city all the authority's sewers within the growth boundary.

"If the city of Chattanooga wants it, let them step up to the plate and sewer the whole thing," said Bob Privett, who represents Soddy-Daisy on the authority's board.

Authority attorney Mike Carter said the vote makes the city responsible for all of the authority's sewers within the Chattanooga growth boundary, set in Hamilton County's 2001 urban growth plan. The Chattanooga City Council has voted to annex some of those areas.

The city must build sewers in the areas it has annexed within three years, but it is not required to build sewers outside the annexed areas within any set time, he said.

Mayor Ron Littlefield said Wednesday the move by WWTA was expected and the city would be "prepared to deal with it."

"It sounds like a move in the right direction," he said. "We can certainly maintain those areas."

He said he still needs to talk to Phil Smartt, the WWTA board chairman, and Mr. Carter to determine exactly what the authority means when it says it will cede all of its services within the boundary.

The city has planned for a consolidation of services, including utilities, he said, and this will just be another step in that process.

Mr. Carter said officials have estimated the authority's assets within the urban growth boundary to be worth about $23.5 million.

The city would be required to take on any remaining debt on those assets, Mr. Carter said. He was not certain how much debt remains, he said, but it will be substantial.

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