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SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2017
The Halifax County Service Authority on Thursday awarded a contract to Rob Land Development to replace the front door to the service authority building to make it ADA-compliant. Rob Land’s bid of $9,200 was the lower of two bids submitted

Also, HCSA board directors approved the payment of $4,342.85 to Davenport Communications for installation of a new phone system after the circuit board in the previous system failed.

HSCA Director Mark Estes said he was very lucky to get the system repaired and working by Monday after the failure on Sunday was discovered.

In other business at the HCSA board meeting on Thursday, Estes told directors that he is reviewing a request from Norfolk Southern Railroad for payments on 15 easement sites. Currently the fees have been $20 to $30 per site which total $375.

The proposed fees now are set at $485 per site which would cost the Authority $7,250, a figure that Estes wants to research further before asking the board to take action on it since it would impact the upcoming FY2018 budget.

He said he is still negotiating with the Department of Environmental Quality to see if an in-house lab can do the daily e-coli sampling which is being required to meet accreditation at the Maple Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Prior to finding a typographic error in the permit, the wastewater treatment plant was doing weekly sampling which runs $7,000. But that cost would increase to $56,000 if daily sampling required.

Estes said if in-house lab certification can be approved, the cost would be only $15,000 to meet accreditation and operator certification.

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