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Fort Oglethorpe briefs

Water and sewer bills to rise

Increased costs of treating potable and waste water will be reflected in bills sent to residential and commercial customers living in the city of Fort Oglethorpe.

The city does not operate its own water or sewage treatment plants; instead it contracts those services from other parties.

Tap water is provided by Tennessee American Water Co. while discharges from the sanitary and stormwater sewers are handled by the city of Chattanooga’s Moccasin Bend Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Last week the Fort Oglethorpe City Council approved passing rate increases from both providers along to local customers.

Rate increases vary, depending on whether or not customers live within or outside the city limits and if the service is billed to a residential or business address, but will range from $1.05 to $1.87 each month.

Mayor Lynn Long pointed out that rate adjustments are also required to repay bonds that have been used to upgrade water and sewer lines.

Patterson Avenue extension is open

Following about 18 months of delays prompted by legal action and the need to upgrade some utilities, the Patterson Avenue extension is now open to through-traffic, according to Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart.

Patterson Avenue parallels and is one block to the north of Battlefield Parkway and now connects U.S. Highway 27, at El Matador Restaurant, to Fant Drive. Fant Drive stretches from Cloud Springs Road, crosses Battlefield Parkway at the intersection with McDonald’s restaurant, and extends to the City Hall Complex.

Police receive safety grant

The Fort Oglethorpe Police Department has been awarded a $15,000 Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant.

Police Lt. Gary McConathy said $14,000 of this year’s grant will be used to purchase equipment for testing those suspected of operating vehicles while impaired. The department will spend $6,500 to equip patrol cars with breathalyzers for testing in the field. The additional $7,500 will allow purchase of a machine that will be maintained at the police station and can provide DUI testing that is admissible in court.

Lt. McConathy said $1,000 of the grant funding will be used to purchase a LIDAR speed gun. Unlike radar, which uses microwaves to detect the speed of vehicles passing through a large area, LIDAR uses a light beam that allows officers to pinpoint individual vehicles within a stream of traffic.

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