Below is background information on news coverage involving DeKalb County Watershed, City of Chamblee and Mercy Care. Related news stories are linked below as well.
• Mercy Care Chamblee, a $14 million community health center serving adults, children and seniors most of whom are uninsured, was fully funded by local donors and prepared to open February 5.
• By December 2016, we had all of our plumbing work completed based on plans DeKalb County had officially permitted. We heard new development projects were running into sewer capacity issues with DeKalb County. But, it wasn't until we heard of a development that had already been permitted and was then asked to revise its plans, that we proactively called DeKalb County on Dec. 7. At that point, we were informed we would need a new plan for sewer storage.
• We understood the sewer issues plaguing DeKalb County since 2010. So, we worked with our engineers and officials from DeKalb County and the City of Chamblee consistently between December 2016 and February 2017 on various solutions.
• On February 16, we received a call from DeKalb County officials saying they had found a solution that would not require installation of a $500,000 sewage storage tank in front of the clinic.
• Since a solution had been found, Mercy Care confirmed twice in writing to county officials it was moving forward with completing the project unless there was something else we needed to do.
• Mercy Care had the permits required by DeKalb County to open the clinic. DeKalb had turned on the water and opened access to the sewer system. So the City of Chamblee confirmed all requirements were met by issuing Mercy Care a certificate of occupancy on March 30, 2017.
• DeKalb County has since replaced the manhole covers in the Chamblee area with manhole covers without holes in them. This keeps rain water out of the sewer, increasing sewer capacity for the Chamblee area.
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WSB-TV on July 19, 2017
Fox 5 on July 27, 2017