Al Pierce, who represents Consolidated Technologies, the organization testing the quality of the new water source, spoke at the Nov. 5 Chickamauga City Council meeting.
According to record water needs during the last drought, the new well would actually have 30 percent capacity beyond the city’s greatest demands, Pierce said. The well is pumping out about 1,300 gallons per minute, he said.
The water provided by this new well is high quality, too, Pierce said.
“All these fancy bottled water companies out there look for something that is less than 1 turbidity,” or clarity, Pierce said.
“(Level) 5 turbidity is completely clear water as far as you can see with the naked eye,” he said. “When you get down below 3, it’s something that tastes perfect to your tongue. That well cleared down to 1.
“It looks like it’s going to end up being a real prime water source,” he said.
In other business at Monday’s meeting:
* On behalf of Georgia Power, Chickamauga zoning administrator Gary Gossett led a public hearing on the right of way annexation of the Crystal Springs property.
* The council approved the conceptual design for the Chickamauga streetscape project.
* Council member Jim Staub led discussion about working with the state to make greater downtown Chickamauga a historical district.
* Culpepper brought the idea of a veteran’s memorial park before the city council. He has found resources where the city can obtain a decommis-sioned “Huey” helicopter. The city would have to pay for shipping the heli-copter, building the display stand, and upkeep of the used aircraft. The heli-copter would probably be placed in the center of the walking track at the park on Crittenden Avenue across from the baseball fields.
* Culpepper attended a Saturday meeting with Walker County Commis-sioner Bebe Heiskell about the Greenspace program. This state program provides funding to set aside land both to protect it and to promote environ-mentalism. Culpepper said this gives Chickamauga the chance to be both the “historical and environmental center of Walker County.”
* Merchants in the downtown area requested Gordon Street be closed from 5-8:30 p.m. on Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas.
* The council set the dates of the budget hearings for Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga Civic Center, 300 Euclid Ave. The budget is available for public review.
* The council awarded a bid to sell a used city tractor for $1,220. Bids on a used garbage truck were refused and will be advertised again elsewhere.
The city council’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga Civic Center