Northwest Opens First ‘Green’ Bank In Tennessee

20 09 2008

The Chattanoogan.com

A large crowd of community leaders from Chattanooga and northwest Georgia gathered at Northwest Georgia Bank’s new North Shore branch to celebrate the opening of Tennessee’s first green bank. It is the 104-year-old community bank’s 10th branch and the first LEED-certified or “green” bank building in Tennessee, according to officials at the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Designing a LEED building is a true team effort. When an owner such as Northwest Georgia Bank makes a commitment to construct a LEED building, a unique design process is put into place,” said Pat Neuhoff of Neuhoff Taylor Architects, who designed the building. “From the inception, the LEED process requires the owner, architect, engineers and other consultants to focus on environmental responsibility. The impact of design decisions on the environment becomes a true priority.”

LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system used to identify and measure high performance, environmentally-responsible buildings.

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Users to pay for new sewer lines

20 09 2008

BRENNAN LEATHERS | The Post-Searchlight

Property owners who tie into sewer lines recently extended into parts of southern Bainbridge will pay for the right to use them-but not right away.

At their Tuesday meeting, the Bainbridge City Council unanimously decided upon a method for assessing the owners of approximately 90 lots that will potentially be served by sewer extensions along U.S. 27 South, Alice Street and Georgia 97 South.

A $1,142 assessment will be added to the $250 tap fee, which will be charged to any property owner desiring to connect their homes to the extended sewer lines. The assessment fee represents the cost to extend the sewer from the main line to a private property, with the city government paying for the sewer extension’s main components, according to a memo City Engineer Jim York wrote to Hobby last week.

“The property owner will not have to pay until they physically connect to the city sewer line,” Hobby said. “That way, they are controlling the cost.”

The U.S. 27 South/Alice Street/Georgia 97 South project is the first phase of four in a plan to complete the city’s 1997 sewer master plan by the end of 2011. The plan will use $16 million in loans from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, which will be repaid in the short term using city utility customers’ payments and in the long-term using receipts from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

One of the goals of extending sewer service throughout the existing city limits is reducing the usage of septic tanks, which raises environmental concerns, according to Hobby.

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