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Changes in water, sewer rate charges floated

Halifax County Service Authority board members will advertise new water and sewer rates and hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 19, following the regular business meeting scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. 

During its regular monthly meeting Thursday afternoon, Authority Executive Director Mark Estes told members the authority is in its sixth year of the 10-year equalization schedule for the urban planning area water and sewer services, and in four years rates are expected to start to equalize. 

Estes said revenues will be used to fund depreciation, increased operation and maintenance debt service.

Water rates for in-town South Boston customers using 0-24,000 gallons of water are slated to increase from $4.30 to $4.50 per 1,000 gallons, while customers using 24,001 to 500,000 gallons of water will see an increase in water rates from $3 to $3.10 per 1,000 gallons. 

In-town South Boston customers using over 500,000 gallons of water will see an increase in water rates from $2.80 to $2.90 per 1,000 gallons.

For South Boston out-of-town customers using up to 24,000 gallons of water, proposed water rates will decrease from $5.10 to $5.05 per 1,000 gallons. 

Out-of-town customers using 24,001 to 500,000 gallons of water will see an increase in water rates from $3.40 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons, and those using over 500,000 gallons of water will see an increase from $3.25 to $3.35 per 1,000 gallons, according to the proposed rates. 

Halifax customers using up to 24,000 gallons of water can expect water rates to jump from $4.30 to $4.50 per 1,000 gallons and those using 24,001-500,000 gallons of water can expect rates to remain at $4.50 per 1,000 gallon.  

For Halifax customers using over 500,000 gallons of water, rates will remain at $3.65 per 1,000 gallons.

Riverdale residential customers using up to 24,000 gallons of water can expect rates to increase from $4.70 to $4.75 per 1,000 gallons, and Riverdale residential customers using 24,001-500,000 gallons of water can expect water rates to increase from $3.70 to $3.80 per 1,000 gallons. 

Riverdale residential customers using over 500,000 gallons of water can expect their rates to jump from $3.40 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons.

Riverdale non-residential users using up to 24,000 gallons of water can expect rates to decrease from $5.10 to $5 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 24,000 to 500,000 gallons of water can expect rates to jump from $3.70 to $3.80 per 1,000 gallons. 

Riverdale non-residential customers using over 500,000 gallons of water can expect to see an increase in rates from $3.25 to $3.35 per 1,000 gallons. 

Clover customers using up to 24,000 gallons of water can expect rates to remain at $5.50 per 1,000 gallon, while those using over 24,000 gallons of water will see rates remain at $5 per 1,000 gallons.

Water rates will remain at $9.75 per 1,000 gallons for VIR customers.

Sewer rates for South Boston in-town metered customers using up to 24,000 gallons will remain at $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 24,001 to 500,000 will see sewer rates increase from $4.85 to $4.90 per 1,000 gallons. 

Sewer rates will increase from $4.60 to $4.65 per 1,000 gallons for South Boston in-town metered customers using over 500,000 gallons. 

South Boston out-of-town metered customers using up to 24,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $5.25 per 1,000 gallon, while those using 24,001 to 500,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $4.90 per 1,000 gallon. 

Sewer rates will remain at $4.70 per 1,000 gallons for South Boston out-of-town metered customers using over 500,000 gallons.

Halifax customers using up to 24,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 24,001 to 500,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $5 per 1,000 gallon. Sewer rates will remain at $4.70 per 1,000 gallons for Halifax customers using over 500,000 gallons.

 Riverdale residential customers using up to 24,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 24,001 to 500,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $4.90 per 1,000 gallons. 

Sewer rate will remain at $4.70 per 1,000 gallons for Riverdale residential customers using over 500,000 gallons.

 Riverdale non-residential customers using up to 24,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 24,001 to 500,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to increase from $4.85 to $4.90 per 1,000 gallons.

Sewer rates will remain at  $4.70 per 1,000 gallons for Riverdale non-residential customers using over 500,000 gallons.

 Clover customers using up to 24,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $6.75 per 1,000 gallons, while those using over 24,000 gallons can expect sewer rates to remain at $6 per 1,000 gallons.

 VIR customers can expect sewer rates to remain at $9.75 per 1,000 gallons.

The bimonthly flat sewer rate will remain at $71 while the septage disposal per load will remain at $60 per load for loads over 1,500 gallons. Water deposits for tenants will remain at $101, and sewer deposits for tenants will also remain at $101.

Also Thursday following a closed session, the board approved the Verizon lease agreement between the authority and CELLCO Partnership for the installation of cellular equipment on the authority’s water tower at the VIRginia International Raceway. The motion unanimously passed.

The board also adopted a resolution approving a contract to move right of way for the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company. The company requested the authority move its sanitary sewer easement located on Avondale Drive, so it can install a gas transmission line.  

The gas company presented the authority with a contract in which it will reimburse the authority with the cost incurred in moving the sanitary sewer easement. Costs are estimated at $130,000.

After adopting the resolution Thursday afternoon, the board approved an engineering services contract with Draper Aden to develop the preliminary engineering design, obtain regulatory approvals, design facilities, coordinate permits, evaluate easement needs and assist in the bidding and construction of the Webb Park Transco sewer relocation project. 

Also during the meeting, Estes announced Clay Samples has been hired as the new superintendant for the Maple Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.