Hogansville strikes electricity deal with City of Norcross

Published 10:00 am Thursday, December 9, 2021

HOGANSVILLE – During its Monday night meeting, the Hogansville City Council agreed to enter into an Interparticipant Transfer Agreement with the City of Norcross in Gwinnett County in order to, if needed, balance out Hogansville’s power generation needs.

Hogansville was recently alerted by MEAG Power, who generates the city’s power, that the city may eventually not have the power capacity it needs to maintain its current population.

“It’s all speculation at this point,” said Hogansville City Manager Jonathan Lynn.

MEAG, Lynn explained, communicates with other cities that may have excess power and may not be forecasted to use what they have projected. With this, the City of Norcross has agreed to sell Hogansville any access power it would need at their usage rate, which mirrors Hogansville’s own rate. With this agreement, residents would not see an increase in what they currently pay.

Without this agreement, Lynn said, Hogansville would have to buy electricity at market rate to contain its power needs. Last year, Hogansville made the same agreement with the city of Monroe but did not have to cash the agreement in.

In other business at the meeting:

  • The council voted to rezone  16-acres on 209 Boozer Street to enable a 228 -unit apartment complex to be constructed on the site. The apartment complex, estimated to be about 40 feet tall, would have 19 three-story buildings with 12 units each. Forty percent of the land would be greenspace and the entrance for the complex would be at Holmes Street and Elm Street.  The reading and public hearing was held on Nov. 15 and received no public comment.

 

  • The council passed a resolution to adopt an updated Language Access Plan in relation to a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the city. The grant was awarded to the city for water system improvements in the northwest part of the city. A special condition of that grant is that the city council update its Language Access Plan to provide services, such as translated vital documents, to those in the community who have limited English-speaking. According to city documents, an estimated 6.4% of Hogansville’s population speaks a language other than English.

 

  • The council approved a proposed Preliminary Plat Approval for the Bass Cross Road planned housing development. The plat will show what the development will look like. The development would provide a mix of single-family detached and townhome units, for a total of 398 units. Approximately eight acres would be reserved for future commercial use, and two acres donated to the city for a water storage facility and pump station, according to city documents. The development was recommended for approval from the Troup County Planning Commission with the condition that sidewalks be added to the front of the development.

 

  • Council approved the city’s annual allocation from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant Program in the amount of $48,911. For the upcoming round, the city wants to continue its sidewalk review and repair in the western portion of Hogansville in a similar pattern to what was undertaken in the Mill Village area.