HCSA

Halifax County Service Authority board members inspect the authority’s newest addition to its rolling stock on Thursday, this Vactor 2103 combination truck.

The Clover wastewater treatment system will soon be getting a boost with increased generator capacity.

Mark Estes, Halifax County Service Authority executive director, told board members Thursday HCSA has been awarded $30,000 for Clover emergency generators.

The service authority applied in May 2019 for the grant funding.

A 22KW emergency generator for the Clover well and storage tank site and a 16KW emergency generator for the Clover wastewater treatment plant are being purchased.

The grant awards are first-come, first-serve, and they are based on project criticality coupled with median household income.

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project provided grant funding for up to $50,000 for small and wastewater systems.

In other action Thursday afternoon, Estes also reported mitigation actions on the part of the service authority in response to weather events of last year, including installation of stationary reserve power generator units and elevation of critical facilities above major flood event elevations and routine inspection of fire related services such as hydrants and water supply systems.

Efforts are underway to encourage authority customers to sign up for the Halifax County emergency alert system, Estes further explained.

Also on Thursday, Estes reported progress toward completion of the Cowford Road conversion and force main project on Thursday.

The project construction cost currently stands at $2,833,347, according to Estes, with $2,148,107.79 expensed to date leaving a project construction balance of $685,239.21.

Approximately 19,000 feet of 20,090 feet of 10-inch force pressure pipe has been installed so far in the project, with three major bores and two crossings, the Norfolk & Southern Railway and the Williams Gas Pipeline culvert.

A total of $714,880.21 remains from a VRA 2013C loan for the project, where construction is 582 days into the 730 day schedule and includes a pending change order for the Terry’s Creek manhole rehabilitation.

In other action, Estes updated board members on the Benchmark interim loan closing for the Sutphin Road project.

The original contract price was $2,414,633 with net change orders totaling $94,284 with a current contract price of $2,508,917.

Board members at Thursday’s meeting also inspected the service authority’s newest vacuum truck, a Vactor 2013 combination truck costing $263,113.52.

The Vactor 2100 series truck combines high-pressure water jetting and a high-flow vacuum source to scour pipes and then vacuum up the material causing blockages to restore and maintain normal sewer flow.

The truck includes a fully hydraulic boom and pickup hose, easy load fast-dump debris body, powerful positive displacement vacuum, multi-stage blower filtration system, front-mounted hose reel and aluminum water tanks.

Estes also updated board members Thursday on mandatory risk and resilience assessments required by EPA.

The service authority is revising its emergency response plan, with a five-year review and revision cycle, and initial self-certification.

The HCSA is required to submit its plan by June 30, 2021.

Also on Thursday, board members voted to ratify and confirm a bond resolution adopted by the authority on May 18, 2017 for the Sutphin Road Interceptor and Cowford Road projects.

Authority Treasurer Arnetta Roberts presented the annual financial audit for years ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017, telling board members the authority is in a “very positive financial position.”