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Company asks to buy Ludowici sewage plant
Young at Ludo council
IntegraWater’s Joan Young speaks to the Ludowici City Council about purchasing the city’s wastewater facility. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI -- Joan Young, vice president of business development with IntegraWater, made a presentation to the Ludowici City Council
during the June meeting.
She wants the city to consider selling its wastewater treatment plant to her company and then leasing it back.
According to Young, if the council did this, the company would assess the system’s needs, upgrade the system and set up a 10-year rate plan.
The representative from the Birmingham, Ala., company said, “It is a 100 percent partnership with the community.”
The deal would be profitable through user rates and tap fees, she said.
According to Young, employees in the treatment plant’s billing and water departments would keep their jobes as IntegraWater plans to contract them out for the service.
After discussing it, the council scheduled a work session where Young could explain more of the proposal’s details and allow council members to ask more questions.
The council also heard a presentation by New York Life agent Jeannie Jones about offering city employees the option to establish individual retirement accounts.  
According to Jones, the accounts could be set up with several different options and the city could decide at what level they wish to participate in the program, or whether they want to participate at all.
Currently, the city doesn’t offer any retirement benefit to employees. Council members said they would consider the issue, but no action was taken.
Ludowici Police Chief Richard Robertson also asked the council to pursue a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate the jail.
According to Robertson, renovations would include installing insulation in the roof, replacing the bathroom fixtures and replacing the air conditioning unit.
Robertson said the renovations are necessary to reduce the jail’s average monthly electric bill, which is about $600. Also, the porcelain fixtures in the jail could easily be broken, causing a liability issue.
After discussing it, the council voted to allow the chief to pursue the grant.
Long County library manager Lisa Dubberly thanked the council for the city’s help in covering the costs of the library’s electric and water bills.
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