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Sidewalk repairs get underway in Clarksville

SoVaNow.com / May 05, 2021
Work has begun repairing sidewalks along Buffalo Road in Clarksville. Public services director Richard Elliott shared the news with Clarksville Town Council during its monthly meeting on April 27.

Elliott said town crews are removing the existing concrete. A contractor will be brought in to replace the sidewalks that run from Eighth Street back to the entrance of the Clarksville Crossings Shopping Center.

Crews have also begun upgrades to the area on Fifth Street near the lake. Several weeks ago, residents of the area approached Council about turning the lakefront area into a park. Elliott said his crew installed a series of posts across the road that will block others from driving down to the water and added trash receptacles for people to use.

Elliott said for safety reasons, they left a 10-foot opening at the road to allow emergency vehicles to access the site should there be a need. His hope is that visitors to the area will not take advantage of the opening by continuing to drive down to the water.

Signage will be added shortly. Elliott said the goal is to make the area appear more “park like.”

Bruce Woerner asked Elliott to add a sign that informs the public that the trash receptacles are for park users only.

In other business:

The 15-year-old SCADA system at the town’s water plant is no longer functioning. SCADA stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a system of software and hardware elements that allows industrial organizations to control industrial processes locally or at remote locations, and monitor, gather, and process data.

Elliott said the SCADA system is essential because it allows workers at the plant to see where real-time problems are occurring in their system.

Instrulogic, the sofrware company currently responsible for repairs and upgrades to the system, say it can no longer be repaired. It must be replaced at a one-time cost of $81,345.

The new system comes with one year of support. After that, the Town will pay an annual license fee of $5,400.

Town Manager Jeff Jones aid there is money available to cover the cost, a combination of insurance, budgeted funds, contingency money and CARES Act monies.

As this is the most up-to-date system available, he expects it will be able to function even after the water treatment plant is expanded in the next couple of years to compensate for additional usage the town anticipates will come when Microsoft builds a new data center at the Lakeside Commerce Park across the lake from Clarksville.

The industrial park is served by town water and sewer.

Jones said the town learned late last week that it was awarded a rural development grant/loan combination in the amount of $2.27 million to pay for upgrades to the town wastewater treatment plant and to decommission the current Kinderton pump station.

Jones said the improvements will allow the plant to meet future needs.

73.5 percent or $1.668 million of the required funding will be in the form of a grant. The remaining $600,000 will be a 40-year loan that carries an interest rate of 1.25 percent.

Jones said Mecklenburg County still has around $260,000 available in grant monies for any business that was negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. He encouraged anyone interested to speak with Sangi Cooper at the Southside Planning District Commission. Her phone number is (434) 447-7101.

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