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Bond resolution adopted

The Halifax County Service Authority Board of Directors approved a bond resolution allowing the sale of a $2,465,000 water and sewer system bond to the Virginia Resource Authority in order to finance the Cowford Road, Terry’s Creek and Lasco projects.

The unanimous voted came during the service authority’s regular board meeting held Thursday afternoon in the conference room located in the authority’s offices on Houghton Avenue in South Boston.

According to outgoing Executive Director Willie Jones, the sale will finance the conversion of the Cowford Road wastewater treatment plant to a 700,000 gallon per day pump station and the installation of 17,000 linear feet of sewer force main, replacement of up to 14 man holes in the authority’s Terry’s Creek interceptor and replacement of the authority’s Lasco Pump Station.

In other action, the board adopted the proposed 2014 fiscal year budget that includes $3,210,072 in operating expenditures, $4,905,237 in proposed revenue and $1,113,068 in total debt services with $1,695,165 in available funds for debt service. The budget also includes reserve account contributions of $138,000 and $363,313 in authority capital expenditures.

 Thursday night the board gave its approval for the executive director, chair and vice chair of the board to remain on the signature cards for the authority’s bank account.

The board also re-elected Dexter Gilliam as chairman, Coleman Speece as vice chairman, Mark Estes as secretary and Arnetta Roberts as treasurer of the authority board of directors for the 2014 fiscal year.

In other business, new authority Executive Director Mark Estes updated the board on recent project activity.

 According to Estes, aeration basins and the ultraviolet disinfectant are operating, and the clarifying system is online at the Maple Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

However, staff continues to tweak the ultraviolet system. 

Estes said the dewater system at the Maple Avenue plant is scheduled for activation this week. The plant will require more soil to be imported. He anticipates completion of the project for July 28.

Estes informed board members they will begin breaking ground this week at the Leigh Street Water Treatment Plant, and he anticipates completion in December. 

Soil from the Leigh Street plant will be taken to the Maple Avenue plant. 

The new authority executive director said engineers are still looking at designs for the Lasco Pump Station, and boiler refractory testing is complete at the South Boston Energy plant. 

Estes said he recently met with NOVEC representatives to discuss a pre-treatment permit and a communications plan with South Boston Energy.

He also said the authority will be working with South Boston Fire Department to flush hydrants in the near future.

Also Thursday afternoon, the board discussed customer service proposals such as providing credit and debit services at the front counter and a pay on line option.

During Thursday afternoon’s meeting, Chairman Gilliam presented Mark Wilkerson, superintendent of the Leigh Street Water Treatment Plant, with the Virginia Department of Health Gold Award the authority earned for excellent water treatment at the Leigh Street Water Treatment Plant.

 Following the meeting the board went into closed session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken.