The board that governs Dalton Utilities is expected to consider a “comprehensive” county-wide sewer service expansion plan during its meeting on Monday.

The meeting will begin at noon in the Dalton Utilities board room.

Dalton Utilities president and CEO Don Cope was unavailable for comment Friday, but board chairman James Gamblin said his understanding is that the agenda does include an item involving a comprehensive plan for county-wide sewer. Gamblin said the plan could include a previously discussed proposal to expand Dalton Utilities’ sewer collection system to The Farm residential subdivision that was put on hold after city of Dalton officials balked at paying half of the estimated $2.7 million cost of the project.

At that time, Dalton Mayor Ray Elrod called for a “global plan” of sewer expansion throughout Whitfield County, calling it “our best alternative for preserving the quality of life of our residents and protecting our water supply.”

“I think they are following through with that comprehensive plan that we talked about,” Elrod said Friday. “I think that’s a good thing.”

Elrod said he met with members of the Dalton Utilities board recently, “and I think some of our council members have met with some of their members. We have not met as groups, but they’re keeping us posted on what they’re doing.”

Elrod said Terry Christie, the City Council’s liaison to Dalton Utilities, will attend Monday’s meeting.

In making his call for a “global plan,” Elrod had outlined four primary reasons:

• All citizens would have the opportunity to benefit from the service.

• A “global” system would allow for growth in all segments of the tax digest.

• Disagreements about territory between the city and the county would end if an “equitable tax sharing agreement” is adopted.

• The permit process for Dalton Utilities would be easier, resulting in “less septic drain lines,” helping to improve the water quality of local streams and rivers.

“Only a comprehensive plan such as this will allow our community to reach its full economic potential,” Elrod said.

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