The state environmental protection division requested the study because Auburn is building a new treatment plant. However, Auburn does not have raw water in its storage pond so it will use Winder’s water, which the state said is appropriate.
Qualifying for the municipal elections in Auburn, Bethlehem, Carl, Statham and Winder will be held the week of Aug. 19 through the Barrow County elections office. Election day is Nov. 5, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any necessary run-offs would be held Dec. 3.
The new roof isn’t part of the city’s budget. The city’s downtown development authority, which collects the rent, will cover a portion of the cost, and the rest will be paid out of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proceeds.
During the council’s monthly business meeting, Hodge presented the council with the results of the department’s 2018 Safe City Initiative, a four-phase program aimed at reducing crime and fostering positive relationships between police and the community.
The council approved a contract to lease the top floor of the building to La Bell Weddings, operated by Tonya Solia and Jennifer Patton, for $1,250 per event.
The renovated building will now be known as the Perry Rainey Center, a nod to the Perry Rainey Institute college it originally housed.
Auburn City Council will consider a schedule of fees for the new Auburn Center, 16 College St., at its April 4 meeting. The available rent options will be the main board room, third-floor banquet hall or entire facility.