WWTA Response

The WWTA has issue media response. This is typical spin, no plans of changing their direction/decision. There are numerous sites along the river the facility can be located.
WWTA Response:

Thank you for reaching out to us about the proposed North Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant.  We are posting answers to frequently asked questions on our Facebook page.  As additional questions are asked, those will be added as well.  We will also be posting all media coverage there. We hope this is helpful to you and again, appreciate your concerns.

Sent on behalf of WWTA Chair Mike Moon.

WWTAboard@hamiltontn.gov

Thank you.

Natasha E. Long

WWTA Administrative Coordinator

Hamilton County Water & Wastewater Treatment Authority

1250 Market Street, Suite 3050

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Tel. (423) 209-7842

Fax (423)-209-7843

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CALL TO ACTION: POOP Factory County Commission Voting on 2.6MM Wed

The Hamilton County Commission will VOTE Wed Morning 10/3/18 at 9am on RESOLUTION to purchase the land for 2.6MM in Ooltewah on Savannah & Wolfteaver Creek Marsh/Wildlife area. We need everyone to call/email the Country Commissioners and REQUEST they vote NO on resolution until WWTA finds NEW Location on the TN River.

Also, please ATTEND the meeting at the County Commission Chamber downtown Country Court House.

Res. No. 1018-14

A Resolution approving an Interlocal Agreement between the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority and Hamilton County relative to the purchase of property for the North Ooltewah Treatment Facility from bond proceeds.

Hamilton Commissioner Email/Phone:

Randy Fairbanks – District 1 – district1@hamiltontn.gov
Chip Baker – District 2 – district2@hamiltontn.gov
Greg Martin – District 3 – district3@hamiltontn.gov
Warren Mackey – District 4 – district4@hamiltontn.gov
Katherlyn Geter – District 5 – district5@hamiltontn.gov
David Sharpe – District 6 – district6@hamiltontn.gov
Sabrena Smedley – District 7 – district7@hamiltontn.gov
Tim Boyd – District 8 – district8@hamiltontn.gov
Chester Bankston – District 9 – district9@hamiltontn.gov

Phone for everyone:
(423)209-7200

Stay up to date on Website, Facebook, Twitter:
https://FriendsOfHamilton.org

WWTA POOP Factory – CALL TO ACTION!


Something REALLY STINKS!  WWTA is planning to locate new SEWAGE treatment plant in the heart of Ooltewah, killing property values, impacting the ecology and just stinking up the community.
Article:

Property Sell: Danna Smith McWilliams for $2.6MM on 7800 Mahan Gap Road for SEWAGE Plant

The plant should be located at the old Birchwood dump site or up by Highway 60 on the River where water is moving.

Call to Action:

Call the following people and tell them NO and MOVE the site. This WILL BE a future ELECTION ISSUE. Hamilton County can re-purpose the 2.5MM purchase into a NEW PARK in the North End of the county which citizens need as we grow, like Heritage Park in East Brainerd.

WWTA Call to Action:
Email to:  WWTAboard@hamiltontn.gov

Phone:
Mark Harrison – Executive Chair
UTC Professor
423-425-4020 (Direct)
423-209-7842 (WWTA)

Mike Moon – Chairmen of the Board WWTA
Moon Building & Development – Residential Construction Builder
(Seems like a conflict of interest being on the board that installs sewers to increase developer construction?)
423-425-4020

Hamilton County Commissioners:
Jim Coppenger – countymayor@hamiltontn.gov
(423) 209-6101 (Phone)

Chester Bankston: district9@hamiltontn.gov
Phone: (423) 667-7280

Tim Boyd: district8@hamiltontn.gov
Phone: (423) 209-7200

Planning Commission Members (Coming Soon)!!!

Environmental Impact (ENDANGERED): 

The proposed location is a BIG ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT on a cove of Savannah and Wolftever Creek surrounded by neighborhoods. This water is static and any runoff will increase nitrogen in the water causing fish kill and other ecological disasters. This water level is not year round but seasonal. Any contaminates would concentrate in the bay and not disperse compared to the river.  We have a number of endangered mussels, turtles, sturgeon nest, etc more.

Article: Fours Endangered Mussels Species Live in the Muddy Bottom
Article: Tennessean Report on Threat to Biodiversity

Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Research Institute

Smell: 

There is not much to say about how BAD it smells, take a Sunday drive to WWTA Moccasin Bend Treatment Facility. The pumping stations throughout the county reek with odor. We are coining a new phrase “Smell Something / Say Something”, usually when the creeks overflow and the raw sewage flows into the water ways at Hampton Creek, Cracker Barrel and probably others. If you smell it, tell it – contact the groups below to report on WWTA’s mismanagement of pumping stations.

Contact the EPA – RAW Sewage Reporting

Contact TDEC – RAW Sewage into Waterways

Health Impacts:

The health of residents is UPMOST importance in the areas surrounding facility including swimmers and boaters that use the lake for recreational enjoyment just next to the proposed location. The concentration of contaminates in static water could lead to blooms of flesh eating bacteria, e coli, and other pathogens.

Impact of a Sewage Treatment Plant on Health of Local Residents: Gastrointestinal System Symptoms

Financial Impacts:

The Financial, Social & Environmental Impact of Wastewater Treatment Plants

Next Steps: 

We will be ramping up the campaign, if there is NO COURSE REVERSAL by WWTA, pulling in all Board Members, including outside groups and looking into further legislative actions, including their bond for building this facility. This WILL BE a costly endeavor.

We are investigating a LEGAL FUND with Go-FundMe and speaking with a number of Environmental and Federal Lawyers on the matter.

Location:

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De-Annexation Bill & Municipal Insurance Transparency Bill

New Legislative Session has started and we need to encourage lawmakers to continue to strengthen personal property rights in TN. The following bills need to be presented:

– Citizen De-Annexation Legislation (to reverse prior forced annexation by cities in TN)

– Tennessee Municipal Insurance Transparency Bill – ( The TN State Controller or Insurance Commissioner Appoints an Independent Outside Auditor to review municipal insurance providers risk pool fund usage if 50% of fund is derived from tax payer dollars. The results of the audit/spending will be publicly available under sunshine laws). This new law would expose slush funds being used by municipal insurance groups to push lobbing and campaign activities. Tax payers need to see where their funds are being spent.

We have drafts of bills in process and need you to call your representatives to support this effort.

Conservatives in Texas Working to Eliminate Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

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Taxpayer funding of organizations like the Tennessee Municipal League isn’t a problem that’s limited to Tennessee. Conservatives in Texas have been working to outlaw the practice for most of the last decade. One of the leaders of that effort, Peggy Venable, penned an excellent article about the ethics-challenged practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying in an article I want to share here (in a PDF file you can save) from The Insider from the fall of 2005 called “Taxpayer-funded Lobbying: Taxman vs. Taxpayer.” Her arguments are as valid today in Tennessee as they were (and are) in Texas and elsewhere across the country.

What do you think? Should taxpayer funding of lobbying activities be outlawed in the Tennessee legislature? Let us know what you think and share this with others.

TACIR Study Available

As part of the this years annexation moratorium bill  there was a requirement for study on annexation by TACIR. The draft of the study has been released.

The study highlights Tennessee’s backwards liberal policies introduced in 1998 are out of line with the rest of the United States when it comes to property rights. It also debunks cities claim to stifle growth through referendum is invalid.

It’s time to hold elected officials accountable in this upcoming legislative cycle and make right to vote on annexation permanent, otherwise we need to send the officials home in the next election cycle.

View Tab 6 For Items Related to Annexation

http://www.tn.gov/tacir/Past%20Commission%20Meetings/2013OctMeeting.shtml

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WDEF Chattanooga News Coverage – Annexation Bill HB475/SB279

Source: http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Annexation-Bill-Moves-Closer-To-Vote/RD68Q_S1PkKrBiM8L–9gA.cspx

Reported by: Webb Wright

“I thought this would be the simplest, easiest bill that I’ve every filed.” That’s House Bill 475, which state representative Mike Carter says is not against annexation, but for the people’s right to vote.
“47 states in the nation soon to be Tennessee being the only state in the nation that allows people’s property to be taken without a vote. We are one of the three non referendum states left in America. There have been four referendum on annexation across the state over the past three years, three have been successful by wide margins. Only one failed. ”
Some local organizations say, city governments have too much power under the current system.
“As a city wanting to expand their borders through the urban growth boundry, they don’t have to vote, they can just take over the land and the residents are stuck with it,” says Chris Matthews with Right to Vote TN.
A similar version of the bill currently in the Senate would put an 18 month moratorium on any annexation in the state of Tennessee.
Carter says he would amend his bill to add that if asked, but says he just looking to put the power in the voters hands.
“This bill only requires the public to approve what their officials are doing. When the city comes to you and they incorporate you, they double your regulation, most of the time they double your taxes, they bring the debt of that entity on to your private property and they have to stand good for it. A person who is about to have that to be done to should have a right to vote.”
Carter says he wants those who favor annexation to take their case to the people.
“They don’t have to sell me on annexation, they have to sell the people that are going to have to vote on it.”
Carter hopes to present his bill to the House finance committee for a vote on Tuesday. The senate version of the bill with the moratorium is expected to the senate floor next week.
The house version is expected to go for a vote on the house floor the following week.