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G'ville Council promising hearings on improving RTP

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville City Council Thursday promised to inform the public about upgrading the Riverside Water Treatment Plant.

Plans are to improve the plant by doing away with potentially hazardous chlorine treatment, requiring new building construction. Mayor Danny Dunagan said before the city commits to the $700,000 project, he wants input from nearby homeowners.

"It's going to be a new building that's going to front right on Riverside Drive," The Mayor said. "It will affect people as they go up and down and they just need to have an input."

The Mayor said public hearings should start in about a month.

LOTS OF DETENTION PONDS

City Council learned that the city has around 200 detention ponds, used for storm water erosion control. Public Works Director David Dockery said he wants all of them inspected by June, to help keep mosquitoes under control.

"That was concern voiced by a group of citizens recently," Dockery said. "It all depends on whether or not the ponds are functioning as they were designed."

Dockery said the city intends to make sure property owners are maintaining the state required ponds so they will function properly.
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