Thursday February 11th, 2016 4:04AM

Hall Commissioners see tough problem in New Holland

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - There's a problem brought on by the area's recent heavy rains that Hall County Commissioners Tuesday were not sure how to solve in the New Holland Community also known as the Milliken Mill Village.

All that rain has caused flooding, even a sink hole, but commissioners learned that nobody took over storm water maintenance when The Milliken Company sold its mill village over fifty years ago. The stormwater system dates back to the early 1900's. New Holland is in Jeff Stowe's district and he's been getting plenty of emails from homeowners.

"I wanted to get the issue out and get our staff looking into what our alternatives are," Stowe said. "I'm concerned for our citizens in that area. If there are sink holes opening up we need to figure out who's responsible and what the next step is to fix it."

Commissioners grew concerned when they learned that if the county repaired the system, they could wind up with a big expensive fix on their hands.

"It could be hundreds, hundreds of thousands of dollars, a lot of money," Commissioner Scott Gibbs said. "I want the county to do what's right, but I want the county to also do what they're obligated to do."

Right now the county is obligated maintain the streets since Milliken deeded the mill village streets to the county and the City of Gainesville accepted sanitary sewer and water lines installed by Milliken, but there is no record of any acceptance of the storm sewer system by either the city or the county.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden called it a 'tough situation' in what amounts to a 'no man's land'.

"That's the way it is," Rearden said. "We don't have any deeds that they dedicated those storm water pipes to the county and the city doesn't have any deeds, so it's really up to the homeowners at this point in time."

Rearden told commissioners it might be possible to get a dedicated easement, repair the water damage, and then bill the property holders through their tax bill over a five year period.

"That might keep us out of the liability of saying if we touch it, we own it," Rearden suggested.

Gibbs pointed out that there's been a lot of development around the village, increasing the paved area and the resulting runoff that flows into the mill system. Chairman Dick Mecum instructed county engineer Kevin McInturff to contact city officials to start looking for a solution.


Commissioners considered an stormwater ordinance change that in the future does away with corrugated metal pipes.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden said that change request upgrades culverts and storm sewers owned and maintained by the county.

"It will prohibit corrugated metal pipes in live stream applications and it will also prohibit corrugated metal pipes under streets," Rearden said. "This will keep us safer; we'll have concrete and plastic pipes only in these live streams."

The new standards were brought on by road washouts and closings caused by recent heavy rains.
© Copyright 2016
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 2 years ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes - on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills - a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
1:38PM ( 2 years ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 2 years ago )
Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
11:06AM ( 2 years ago )
Republican presidential contenders descend on South Carolina
Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination.
By The Associated Press
9:14PM ( 6 hours ago )
New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain are emerging
WASHINGTON (AP) — New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect preg...
6:22PM ( 9 hours ago )
Fiorina ends 2016 Republican bid for president
Former technology executive Carly Fiorina exited the 2016 Republican presidential race Wednesday, after winning praise for her debate prowess but struggling to build a winning coalition in a crowded GOP field.
3:32PM ( 12 hours ago )
Man faces 30 counts of animal cruelty in Forsyth County
A Forsyth County man faces multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities removed several dogs from a residence in the western part of the county earlier this month.
10:50AM ( 17 hours ago )
UPDATE: Mother, 2 daughters killed in Gwinnett County house fire
Authorities said a mother and her two young daughters have died in a house fire in Tucker.
By Associated Press
9:00AM ( 19 hours ago )