New administrator to be chosen

Published 10:07 am Thursday, March 31, 2016

With the sudden death last week of Tim Porter, administrator of the Union-Rome Sewer District, the Lawrence County Commission must now choose his successor.

To operate the district Porter had to have a Class 4 classification but the two employees who could be potential candidates only have their Class 3 certifications.

“We want to ask the EPA to allow one of them to operate the plant while he earns his Class 4,” Lawrence County Commissioner Bill Pratt said.

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Porter was overseeing an approximately $1 million sewer project near the Collins Career Center at Getaway.

Originally the system was to have a 10,000-gallon capacity just to serve the school following a $22 million renovation of the center.

However, that project was expanded to a 35,000-gallon capacity that would serve 85 residential customers who live hear the center’s site at a cost of $300,000 to the county so it could join the school’s system.