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Authority approves Hwy. 183 extension
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In a 4-0 vote last week, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority moved forward with plans for a $320,000 extension of water service on Hwy. 183.


The expansion will run from Reece Road to Howser Mill in western Dawson County, about one mile from where a motorsports park is being developed.


Brooke Anderson, general manager of the authority, said the entity “looks forward to beginning that work to serve the customers along that route.”


“We also look forward to hopefully being able to serve the motorsports park if that need arises,” he said.


Jeremy Porter, owner of Atlanta Motorsports Park, has said the development will drill its own wells.


At the authority’s March 8 work session, Anderson said motorsports officials may not currently “appreciate their water needs.”


Authority Chairman Jim King has said the authority isn’t the only entity interested in supplying the park with water.


“The city [of Dawsonville] was going to build [the motorsports park] a well and try to serve them water,” King said.


Dawsonville Mayor Pro-Tem James Grogan has said the city does not have “any plans as far as running any lines up there.”


The site of the motorsports park and some surrounding property was annexed into the city in 2007.


Located off Duck Thurmond Road, the park is a 152-acre complex with two miles of road course for two- and four-wheel vehicles.


Plans call for a members-only lounge, 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, pool and hiking trails.


There are about 35 residential properties in the authority’s water service extension area.


Anderson has pointed to the “potential in the area.”


“There’s a lot of large tracts out there,” he said.


The authority’s five-member board meets twice a month.