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Wilkerson honored by HCSA upon his retirement / January 27, 2014

Directors of the Halifax County Service Authority on Thursday afternoon honored Mark Wilkerson for his 38 years of service to the HCSA and to the Town of South Boston upon his retirement as the authority’s superintendent of water.

Wilkerson started his career with the city of South Boston in 1975, working as a water operator trainee at the Leigh Street Water Filter Plant. In 1990 he was promoted to chief operator where he managed the laboratory and the daily operations of South Boston’s water supply system until it was turned over to the HCSA in 2007.

Recognizing his leadership skills and abilities, the authority promoted him to superintendent of water, giving him additional responsibilities and duties that included overseeing the operations of the VIR and Clover well water systems.

During his tenure, the South Boston Leigh Street Water Treatment Plant has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Health for the quality of its operation, receiving Silver awards in 2006, 2010 and Gold awards in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

In other business on Thursday afternoon, the HCSA’s board of directors was advised that the design of the Cowford Road pump station is on hold until engineers can further evaluate the incoming flows to the Cowford Road wastewater treatment plant and the capacity of the Sutphin Road interceptor.

The new pump station is being built to deliver Halifax wastewater to the Maple Avenue system.

The additional engineering will cost $38,000 and add at least an additional 90 days to the original project scope. The engineering estimate for the original scope of work was $1,675,000.

With the additional services, the cost still should fall within the original appropriated project fund amount of $1,800,100, said HCSA Director Mark Estes.

Directors were also advised that the Lasco Pump Station project has been advertised. A mandatory pre-bid meeting was scheduled for Jan. 21, with the formal bid opening set for Feb. 18. The easement plat has been developed and legal documents are being assembled by HCSA counsel. The project should be completed by Sept. 30.

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