STOKES COUNTY WATER/SEWER AUTHORITY
MAY 10, 2007
The Stokes County Water and Sewer Authority met in a regular meeting on May 10, 2007, with the following members present:
Wayne Smart, Chairman
John Hawkins, Vice Chairman
Ron Clifford, Member
Worth Hampton, Member
Arzell Montgomery, Member
Bryan Steen, County Manager
Ron Morgan, Ex Officio Member
Julia Edwards, Finance Director
Brenda Carter, Secretary
Mr. Smart asked for approval of the minutes of January 11, 2007. Mr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Mr. Clifford and the motion was approved.
Mr. Chuck Pippen and Mr. Brent Waters with Golder Associates gave an update on the Water Supply Needs Assessment Study and the Ground Water Feasibility Study and the results from these studies by a slide presentation. Mr. Waters noted that he was sorry to hear about Mr. Jay Kinney’s illness and that he wished he could be at this meeting to hear this presentation. After the presentation, Mr. Waters asked the Board if there were any questions.
The Board then had discussion concerning the recommendations of Mr. Waters and the need to develop adequate groundwater resources to enable the Authority to lessen the need of dependence on Forsyth County and to depend on this water supply in emergency situations only. There was further discussion concerning the Fed Ex Hub coming to the area and how this would affect Stokes County.
The Board then had discussion concerning obtaining the water rights on the Dan River and Mr. Waters noted that at this point there was nothing to show that there was a need for water in this area. After further discussion, the County Manager, Bryan Steen noted that he had a budget to return to and Mr. Waters and Mr. Pippen stated they would return for further information for the Board, and the two gentlemen exited the meeting.
Mr. Waters noted before he left that he would get a hard copy of the report to the Board.
Mr. Smart recognized Ms. Edwards who gave a report on the SCWS Authority budget for fiscal year 2007-2008 and asked for approval of a budget ordinance amendment No. 1 to move monies from one line item to another within the budget and to budget funds for the study. Mr. Hampton made a motion to approve the amendment, seconded by Mr. Montgomery and the motion was unanimously approved. After discussion concerning the 2007-2008 budget, Mr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, seconded by Mr. Hampton and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mr. Montgomery asked Ms. Edwards if she had informed the Town of Walnut Cove of the increase in their water rates as are the rates of the Hwy #65 users, as discussed in the last meeting and Ms. Edwards noted that she would check on this.
ITEMS OF GENERAL CONCERN
Mr. Smart informed the Board that fire hydrants along Hwy 65 and Hwy. 311 had been damaged or were not working and it seemed this damage was made by maintenance workers mowing along the highways. After discussion John Hawkins stated that he would contact the Department of Transportation concerning this matter and Mr. Smart noted that he would get pictures of the hydrants. Mr. Smart also noted that spraying around the hydrants would help maintenance workers avoid hitting the hydrants. The Board agreed with Mr. Smart to have this spraying done.
To replace the hydrants would be at a cost of THIRTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS ($1,300.00) each. It was noted that MLP Construction, the Town of Walnut Cove and the City of King had been contacted about getting a price for repairing or replacing these fire hydrants.
RETREAT AT HANGING ROCK
Mr. Clifford noted that Jay Kinney had asked him to meet with Kevin Davie an Engineer with Allied Design, Inc. concerning the Retreat at Hanging Rock property. Mr. Clifford noted the First Phase was completed and the sewer lines were in. Mr. Clifford noted that there were very large lines and he thought there would be maintenance problems in the future with these lines. Mr. Clifford stated that Phase Two would start soon. Mr. Clifford also noted that he was informed that the Town of Danbury would set standards and then would double the standards making it hard for the developer. He noted that Phase Two might never happen because of this.
As there was no further business, Mr. Hawkins made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Mr. Clifford and the motion was approved unanimously.