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Supervisors work on sewer plans

by Tom Chillemi

Sewer could be coming to areas of Middlesex County.

In June, the Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved a memorandum of understanding and agreement with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to develop preliminary engineering studies for various community sewer systems in the county. 

At the September 5 BOS meeting, county administrator Matt Walker reported that HRSD has completed negotiations for engineering studies of potential projects in some of the water and sewer service areas that the county designated in 2013.

HRSD has now proposed five specific study areas through its engineer, Bowman Consulting. The sewer study areas include Deltaville, Saluda, Topping, Hartfield and the collective area of Cooks Corner, Christchurch and Locust Hill. 

The costs of these studies range from $37,500 to $52,500. HRSD would pay for the studies. However, if the county does not move forward with building a sewer system in the study areas within two years, the county must repay HRSD the study costs, according to the memorandum of understanding that was signed by BOS chair Jack Miller on July 11, 2017, and HRSD general manager Ted Henifin on July 21. 

At the January 11 BOS meeting, Henifin told the board it may have to subsidize a sewer system. “Sewer is a losing proposition without subsidies,” said Henifin. 

The BOS has scheduled a work session with HRSD for Thursday, September 28, at noon at the historic courthouse in Saluda. The meeting is open to the public.

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posted 09.20.2017

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