Reservoir to get new monitoring system
by Erin Dentmon
November 30, 2012 12:48 AM | 1738 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The installation of a computer monitoring system for the Hickory Log Creek dam and reservoir and other projects at the site are on the horizon.

The Reservoir Board of Managers met Tuesday in Canton to discuss the reservoir’s operations and upcoming projects.

In October, the Canton City Council awarded a $934,000 contract to Suwanee-based Lanier Contracting Co. to develop, install and integrate a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition system. The Cherokee County-Marietta Water Authority Board, 75 percent owners of the reservoir, also approved the contract award.

The city is responsible for paying 25 percent of the SCADA system’s cost, or almost $250,000.

At next week’s council meeting, the Canton council will review the actual contract documents, City Manager Scott Wood said. The council will need to approve the documents before the work can proceed.

SCADA is a computer monitoring system that allows the authority to remotely monitor activity at the reservoir and dam. Installation will take about nine months, Wood said.

SCADA has been a point of contention between the reservoir’s joint owners.

The Cobb County-Marietta authority was ready to advertise for SCADA bids in the spring. The city council approved advertising for bids in September.

A public access point is being built off Bluffs Parkway, reservoir manager David Hatabian said at Thursday’s meeting.

“With any luck, we’re looking toward the end of January to get this done,” he said.

Boaters could have access issues at times the lake’s level is low, but Hatabian said recreation isn’t the reservoir’s intended purpose anyway.

“All recreational use is kind of secondary,” he said.

The reservoir is not yet authorized for recreational use, Wood said. Recreational use will be available after the launch point is completed.

The board of managers also discussed advertising for bids to construct a new management office at the reservoir. If an advertisement for bids goes out by the end of the year, officials should be able to approve a bidder in February.

The reservoir, located in north Canton, is intended to deliver water to Lake Allatoona via the Etowah River during times of drought. Water has not yet been withdrawn from the reservoir for drought relief, Wood said.

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