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Staunton Town Council discusses water issues

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Staunton Town Council met Monday night to attend to monthly business, as well as approve work on the new waterworks plant.

During the week of Feb. 4, the excess rainwater caused one of the newly installed tanks to float, breaking the seals and welds joining it to another tank.

Representatives from Graves Plumbing, Inc., and Commonwealth Engineering, Inc., were on hand Monday to discuss the setback.

No structural damage was done to the tank, but it will need to be reattached to the other pipes.

The representatives estimated the problem would push the deadline back around 30 days. Originally, the new system was supposed to be online this week.

The board signed paperwork to move forward with the corrective work.

In other business, Town Marshall Chuck Jones replaced a battery in the squad car and ordered new abandoned car warning stickers and radar logs.

Street Supervisor Alvin Ripple checked streets for limbs and sanded in preparation for the expected storms Monday night and Tuesday. He said he serviced the trucks and backhoes just in case.

When the floor was turned to citizens, Henry Batchelor of Turner asked the board to consider extending water service to residents of Turner.

The board said they would like to, but the cost would be put on the 15-30 homes in the area.

Some homeowners have experienced issues with their wells. The board suggested Batchelor head up a petition drive to stir interest in Turner residents, as well as contact the Rural Development Department of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Shirley Jolly, the water treatment plant operator, asked the board to consider looking at the piping in the chlorine room before chlorination starts in April.

Brad Webster asked if anyone was interested in the possibility of rezoning, but not all members of the board had the chance to go through the information and the discussion was tabled.

Webster also challenged each town employee to get 10 letters in favor of the proposed community center by the next meeting.

The application for funding the community center is due March 15, and the council feels this is the best chance for the town to receive the money.

Mark Downey, Town Engineer and President of Commonwealth, said when the town water tank is fixed, it will be bypassed. The water coming from the wells will be chlorinated before being sent into homes but will not be filtered.

The town will be notified when the tank is bypassed, in case there is a boil order.

The next town council meeting will be held March 10, at the Town Hall, at 7 p.m.

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