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Clarksville pressed to make sewer line repairs

SoVaNow.com / November 13, 2013
The Town of Clarksville has been pressed into making emergency repairs to sewer lines on North Fourth Street, explained Town Manager Jeff Jones during an operational update to members of Clarksville Town Council last week.

The problem began when tree roots grew into the line and caused it to fail. Initially, the plan was to repair the damaged area, and this work was to be done by town employees. However, the scope of the project called for different equipment than the town had access to. Therefore, Harmon Sanders Construction was hired to finish the job.

That line is a gravity feed, said Jones. Since the damaged area was near an uphill incline, the sewer pipe was sunk deep into the ground to make certain gravity would allow wastewater to flow through the pipe.

Council member Glenn Jurczyk complained that the area “looks like a war zone.” Jones assured him that once work was completed, the area would be restored and the street repaved. Jurczyk also complained about the appearance of silt in his toilets as the work continued. Jones had not heard of any problems, but promised to look into the matter and report back.

Town workers finished gutting the former chiropractic office of Dr. Richard Brown ahead of the expansion of the Clarksville library branch. The next step is for Dewberry, the consulting firm that designed the new facility and is serving as project managers, to draw up final plans and then seek bids for the construction work.

A steering committee has also been formed to keep the three entities that have a stake in the project — the town of Clarksville, Southside Regional Library and Clarksville Library — informed on the progress of the work. The committee members are Mike Berryman, Leigh Lambert, Jackie Lilley, Jeff Jones and Bill Nunn.

The retaining wall surrounding Wells Fargo Bank has developed a crack, which needs repair. Wells Fargo officials retained a contractor (McCoy) to stabilize the wall and they will have to tear up part of the sidewalk.

Wells Fargo is awaiting VDOT approval to tear up the walkway, but in the meantime the contractor is about to do some core samples.

During construction, both the parking area and the alley east of the bank will be closed to traffic.

In other business, Council discussed whether to grant Mecklenburg County Community Services Corporation’s (MCCSC) request to receive 300,000 gallons of water per year from the town at no charge. Jones said they currently get 75,000 gallons and pay for the excess at out of town rates.

Jurczyk said he was not inclined to grant the request. However, before making a decision he wanted to know “how many town residents versus county residents have a membership at the YMCA. He also suggested giving MCCSC the same “deal” that was given to the Lake Country SPCA — water at in town rates.

Jurczyk’s reasons for opposing the request were that: the YMCA has an income stream, they are probably close to being the single biggest user of water of town water, and no other entity of this size gets free water — not even the LSPCA.

During the construction of phase I of the MCCSC enrichment Complex, the town waived all hookup and related fees and gifted them another $1,000, said Jurczyk. “We’ve already done a lot for them.”

Council decided to oppose the request of the Clarksville Ruritans to move Clarksville’s one polling location out of the Clarksville Community Center. The town would pay the cost of notifying all voters of the change and updating the poll books.

The Ruritans made the request because they hold bingo every Tuesday night at the Clarksville Community Center. Bingo is cancelled on those Tuesdays that coincide with Election Day. So no more than four times each year, the Ruritan Club loses money.

Jones said the loss suffered by the Ruritan Club pales when compared to the cost associated with moving an election precinct. Thus, it did not make financial sense for the town to move the polling site.

In the aftermath of the collapsed roof on the Planters’ warehouse on Virginia Avenue, Jurczyk wants the town to considering adopting a “blight ordinance” similar to the ones previously adopted by Chase City and South Hill. He does not want the County involved in deciding what should be done with buildings inside the town limits.

Finally, Council agreed to consider Don Koch’s request to rezone the house at 104 Shiney Rock Road from R-1 to B-1.

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