The contract has been in court for sometime, with Coweta County and its Water Authority spending more than half a million dollars in legal fees to get their price changed including at one point offering $7 million to buy a one-seventh share of the Griffin water system at a bond hearing to get the same rate as city residents.
Under the 50-year contract, signed in 1999, Coweta is required to buy a specified number of gallons per day – whether needed or not. That required amount increases gradually each year until it peaks at 7.5 million gallons per day in 2025.
The Coweta Water & Sewerage Authority is currently required to take 2.7 million gallons per day from Griffin.
In February 2010, Spalding County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards ruled the equity portion of the contract, which Coweta believed they could buy in as an equity partner, as “invalid and unenforceable.” A three-judge panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed Edwards’ ruling on Feb. 9, 2011.
In 2011, according to the Newnan Times-Herald, Coweta paid Griffin $2.87 per thousand gallons. That authority also buys water from Newnan Utilities, at a price of $1.86 per thousand gallons.
On Tuesday night’s agenda, the city commission is scheduled to consider approval of an agreement to modify that water sales agreement between the City of Griffin, County of Coweta, and the Coweta Water & Sewerage Authority; and a revised water sales agreement between the three.
Also on Tuesday night’s agenda, the Griffin Police Department is scheduled to buy six new Dodge Charger patrol cars, five new digital camera systems for the cars, and purchase/upgrade for the officers 100 Glock fourth generation .40 caliber pistols. The gun purchase is proposed at no cost, with a trade-in of the current Glocks as well as all the forfeited weapons, which will all need to be declared as surplus.