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Boydton gets first look at plans for sewer pump station / February 20, 2019

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols shared preliminary plans for a new sewer pump station with members of Boydton Town Council during their monthly meeting Feb. 12.

The pump station will be tied to the sewer system for Mecklenburg County’s consolidated middle and high school campus being built at the intersection of Wooden Bridge Road and U.S. 58 in Baskerville.

Matthew Gross, project manager for the engineering firm of Hurt and Proffitt, which is designing the pump station, explained that installation and maintenance plans are in the process of being finalized as are the fees that will be accessed.

The current design calls for one pump station at the corner of the school property near U.S. 58, with a separate access from the road for Boydton employees to use. The connecting sewer line will run along the north side of the highway and connect to the Boydton’s existing gravity system near the Microsoft Data facility in Boydton.

There is already a nearby sewer line in place that was abandoned when the Microsoft data center was built. Gross said he hopes to install the line within VDOT right-of-way along U.S. 58 to avoid any easement issues.

Gross anticipates the station will pump at around 220 gallons per minute and need, at a minimum, a 44 horsepower engine to push the sewage up the hills between Baskerville and the sewage plant in Boydton.

The pump station is being sized for a school of 3,200 students, which is more than the current student population in grades six-12 in Mecklenburg, according to Nichols. Gross said the more powerful pump station will allow for future growth along the U.S. 58 corridor without the need to upgrade the sewer line.

Nichols asked Gross to explain whether it was common for there to be such a distance between the user and the sewage treatment facility, after pointing out the number of miles sewage would have to travel before reaching Boydton’s wastewater plant. Gross said that he has done several projects where the mileage was similar to this one, if not more.

At this time no specifics have been discussed in terms of how the town and the county may work together on sewer payments. There will be a time in the future where all parties will sit down and discuss final figures and agree to a final deal. According to Gross, he has seen several different ways to handle these situations, and while he was not suggesting any of them, he advised everyone that there were a lot of options on the table.

In other action, Angela Amos reported on the upcoming Historic Boydton Renaissance bluegrass concert series being planned for this summer. The dates scheduled for the series are Saturday, June 29, Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, Aug. 24. The August date is set in conjunction with the Boydton Volunteer Fire Department’s barbecue fundraiser. Although officially the bands have not been confirmed, Amos said that the plan is to have two performers on each date. Local bands will be the opening act, and a nationally known bands will headline each concert.

The performances will take place on the front porch of the Boyd Tavern, and there are also plans to have several other events in town on these dates, possibly including tours of the town, re-enactments of historic events at the Boyd Tavern, and a storyteller sharing the history of Mecklenburg County.

The ribbon cutting for the town park across from the Presbyterian Church on Hull Street in downtown Boydton will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. There will be a ribbon cutting, dedication, Easter egg hunt, cookout, and more to celebrate the opening of the park.

Wastewater treatment plant supervisor Renny Park updated council members on the quote he received for a mixer to be installed in the water tank. Park advised that currently the water at the top of the tank is not be refreshed, thereby allow residuals from the chlorine to build up. The mixer makes water fresher, and keeps the chlorine mixed up therefore keeping the levels more consistent.

Park received one quote from Southern Corrosion, and Council member Ronny Worley suggested that Park get at least one more bid to ensure that the first one was close to where they wanted to be before they moved further.

Maintenance supervisor Johnny Roberts asked Council to approve funds to weld dumpsters located around town and the tailgate on the dump truck. Council members agreed. Roberts said he was approached by a contract paving company and told that they will be paving Madison Street from end to end this summer, and the town would need to purchase 1-1/2 inch risers, and new lids for the manholes. The town only needs to purchase them, and the contract company will put them in once paving is complete.

Council delayed action on this request since Roberts did not have figures on hand for these purchases. He said he would bring this information to a later meeting.

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