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Daniel lauded for role in HCSA’s formation
SoVaNow.com / June 20, 2014Retiring South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel garnered praise Wednesday for pushing the formation of the Halifax County Service Authority during his 16 years of service to the Town.
“This was his brainchild,” said HCSA vice president Coleman Speece, noting that Daniel led the way in bringing together the three municipal governing bodies that constitute membership in the Authority.
Prior to formation of the authority, Halifax County and the towns of South Boston and Halifax operated five separate water systems. Daniel had held fast to the idea of the consolidation as best for all concerned, Speece observed, although the move may not have always been welcomed by residents of the Town of South Boston who did not cherish the idea of putting $50 million of taxpayer money into the Authority.
Board members also re-elected the current slate of officers to additional year-long terms. Dexter Gilliam was named chairman, Coleman Speece vice chairman, HCHS director Mark Estes secretary and Arnetta Roberts treasurer.
Estes congratulated staff members on their award of the 2014 Risk Management Performance Program. The local authority, only one of ten chosen statewide chosen for the honor, with others coming from larger areas such as Richmond and Charlottesville, received a $2,000 bonus. The program cited the utilization of safety practices such as participation in “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” a VML Insurance program.
Matt Leonard, executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, addressed the board on prospects for developing a municipal infrastructure mapping program which his office then can use to entice prospects who often ask how much capacity is available from water, sewer and stormwater facilities. Leonard estimates the cost of such mapping would run around $150,000 and will likely take 18 months to complete. The board noted it will look at the potential for grants to help defray the cost of such a program.
Estes also reported to the board that he continues to look at the potential for an alternative water source — after the scare of the coal ash in the Dan River — by using the Banister River. He said state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) need to determine the estimated water flow in 30-year drought conditions before the issue can be further addressed.
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