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Boydton mulls sewer upgrade

SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2019
Boydton Town Council discussed improvements to the town’s sewer system at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The changes are needed to handle additional wastewater that will flow to the Boydton treatment plant once the consolidated secondary school complex opens at the corner of Wooden Bridge Road and U.S. 58 in Baskerville.

Public works supervisor R.H. Park III reported that he has been in contact with Matthew Gross, project manager for the engineering firm of Hurt and Proffitt, which is designing a new pump station near the school site. Park provided Council members with an email from Gross, explaining the difference between installing an 8-inch force main and a 6-inch force main to the station. The major impact: the detention time for the wastewater in the line.

Detention time is the length of time that sewage remains in the mains or pump station wet wells before it reaches the wastewater treatment plant. The longer it is detained in the system, the greater the likelihood that conditions arise that are conducive to the development of odors due to hydrogen sulfide production.

Apart from producing malodorous gas, the sewage could become more difficult to treat once it reaches the wastewater plant. Park did not see the difference in detention times between the 6-inch pipe and the 8-inch pipe as creating an issue for the wastewater treatment plant.

In response to a question from Councilman David Crowder, Park noted that the 8-inch line would be better suited for “growth” — meaning the line could handle greater quantities of sewage, which would allow more users to connect into the system without having to upgrade or enlarge the pipe.

Councilman Bill Coleman asked whether choosing between the two was the choice of Council, and Park responded that the designers don’t want to do anything that they think is going to mess up the wastewater treatment plant. Therefore, Council is ultimately left to make the decision they feel is best.

Council voted to have Park speak with Gross and unless there were any objections from him, to proceed with the 8-inch force main.

Maintenance supervisor Johnny Roberts reported that the new playground on Hull Street across from the Presbyterian Church has been outfitted with mulch, and that in the next week that project should be complete. Roberts also submitted a quote that he received to purchase the risers for the manholes on Madison Street that will need to be replaced when paving is done this coming summer. Council agreed to purchase the risers.

Councilman Bill Thompson had several questions regarding the town’s new WiFi system installed by David Varner of Lake Country Satellite. Town Clerk Shirley Bowen was asked to invite Varner to the April 9 meeting of council to answer questions.

The lineup for the Bluegrass in Boydton concert series has been set. On June 29, Will Clark and Rhythm Section will open at 6 p.m. and Dan Tyminski Band will headline beginning around 7 p.m. On July 27, Appalachian Express will open for headliner Russel Moore & iiird Tyme Out. The Aug. 24 concert will feature Tobacco Road band opening for Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band.

2019 marks the first year that Boydton will host this music series. It will be held on the front porch of the historic Boyd Tavern on the fourth Saturday of each month from June through August. Each event will feature two award-winning bluegrass bands, a number of food vendors, a beer tent and an opportunity for local businesses to sell their unique products and wares.

Local musicians who have their own instruments will be invited to “pick on the porch” after each concert. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

The Boyd Tavern will also be hosting “A Taste of Southside at Boyd Tavern” March 23 from 2-5 p.m. The event, will feature local restaurants Coopers Landing, Copper Kettle and Risin’ Smoke. Buggs Island Brewery and Rosemont Winery will also be on hand, along with the restaurants to provide tastings to all in attendance. For tickets, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434-917-1519. Tickets are $20.

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