Following public input gathered over the past year through community meetings and discussions with many interested property owners and citizens, a final decision on the location of the water tank was made by Roswell City Council at its February 25, 2013 meeting.
The option selected was a modified version of what was previously labeled Option 1. The revised option incorporated the community’s concerns about impacts to Waller Park with the City’s desire to manage costs associated with relocating existing operational facilities. Working closely with the Recreation and Parks Department, the Water Resources Division staff developed an approach that locates the tank on property currently used for the City’s operations, and outside of the Waller Park boundaries. By reconfiguring the existing space, a layout for the Recreation and Parks Department’s maintenance service yards was arranged to meet their needs, while the tank location was shifted slightly to provide optimum use of the remaining space.The exact location of the tank may be adjusted slightly based upon technical factors and will be finalized in the design engineering process.
Through this collaborative effort, the revised Option 1 as approved reduces the cost to the City over the earlier concept of moving part of the Recreation and Parks operations to Hembree Park, and maintains the existing Recreation and Parks Department’s operations facilities within the current yard space. It also achieves the community’s goals of reducing impacts to Waller Park.