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$121,000 needed for sewer plant fix

SoVaNow.com / July 22, 2013
The Halifax County Service Authority will spend an additional $121,000 on the Maple Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant project, which is being pushed back with a revised completion date of Jan. 8, 2014.

In their meeting on Thursday afternoon, HCSA directors approved $91,000 to extend the owner-engineer agreement with Dewberry, and another $30,000 to the Southside Planning District to administer the contract for the project.

According to HCSA Director Mark Estes, some difficulty in wasting the solids from the clarifier to the digester have been experienced and design engineers anticipate the necessity of a change order to correct the deficiency.

In other project reports Estes said survey work has begun on sections of the Cowford Road project, but six property owners have not responded to notices about the need for their consent to the existing easement. And at the Leigh Street water plant solids removal project excavation has begun to prepare the site for the placement of the equalization tank.

Work at the NOVI-South Boston Energy project is near completion, he said, and he expects the plant to start up very soon, possibly within the next ten days.

Arnetta Roberts reported to the board on work being done to enhance customer service. She requested that a check scanner be purchased which would allow checks to be scanned in house without having to make a trip to the bank to deposit them.

Reports show that eighty-two customers paid their water-sewer bills by credit card during the month of June and that 119 customers were placed on the cut-off list with 34 accounts closed.

Water and sewer sales of $4,388,122.48 reached 99.43 percent of the budgeted goal for the year with total operating revenues reaching 100.08 percent of the budget. “Our cash flow is much better than that of last year,” Estes said.

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