Alabama Power will not renew lease on Pleasure Point Park after sanitation concernsPublished 10:54am Friday, August 23, 2013
Alabama Power will not be renewing the lease on a 27-acre property comprising Pleasure Point Park and Marina.
The company cited concerns over the sanitation system on the property as the primary factor behind the decision.
“On July 22, the Tallapoosa County Health Department contacted Alabama Power about violations out (at Pleasure Point Park),” said Brandon Glover, a spokesperson with Alabama Power. “We thought it was in the best interest due to sanitation concerns to not renew the lease.”
Amy Baker, senior environmentalist for the Tallapoosa County Department of Public Health, said the violation was issued following investigations into several complaints of failing septic systems.
“We had some septic system failures made known to the health department, and once we started investigating, we saw improper tie-ins to existing septic systems and greywater discharge – washer lines and such – into Lake Martin.”
Baker said that the minimum lot size for one dwelling is a third of an acre, and there must be one septic system per lot.
Alabama Power said the lease will expire Dec. 31, 2013.
“We have been in contact with Pleasure Point and the Health Department to try to find ways to address the issue,” Glover said.
He added that Alabama Power is willing to give the operators of the park six months beyond the expiration of the lease to vacate.
“We are trying to figure out a way to address the issues that will meet the interests and needs of everyone on Lake Martin, along with the residents on Pleasure Point and current operators of Pleasure Point.”
Lausanne Walter, who owns Pleasure Point Park, did not think the violation was warranted.
“We have become part of a regulation nation,” Walter said. “We believe the health department has unsubstantially forced Alabama Power’s hand into releasing us from the remaining 24 years of our lease.”
Her focus is now on those who make their home on Pleasure Point, which includes about 80 residents.
“My first priority is letting my tenants, who have investment properties here,” Walter said.
Walter added that she would be further discussing the matter with Alabama Power.