- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:35
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A series of projects are moving forward in Westmoreland County and new projects may soon be initiated.
During the June 13 Board of Supervisors meeting School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani revealed that she and County Administrator Norman Risavi have been pursuing the possibility of obtaining stimulus that are being channeled through Rural Utility Services (RUS) that would subsidize replacement of the county high school’s roofs and the roof-mounted heating and cooling systems.
To facilitate the effort, Supervisors Woody Hynson and Russ Culver have been tasked with assisting Fogliani and Risavi. It was understood that two school board members will complete that working committee’s membership.
The Supervisors and County School Board expect to schedule a joint meeting as soon as August in order to explore topics of mutual interest. In order to pursue stimulus funding to support the referenced improvements to the Washington and Lee High School, a professional consultant will be needed to prepare the project’s preliminary engineering report.
Risavi anticipated that funding would be derived from a grant, a loan that the Westmoreland Supervisors would obtain, and money that the local government already has in its current fund balance.
The project may or may not include repavement of the high school parking lot and construction of a new canopy where the school buses unload. According to this Monday’s discussion, the existing canopy may be in danger of collapse.
Members of the local government praised School Board member and contractor Gerrard Roan’s work to improve the appearance of the county’s old courthouse.
“I don’t know that there’s any job going on that is being more thoroughly inspected,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Fisher said of the ongoing courthouse improvements project.
“It seems to be a good job. The contractor even has a man washing the windows. That wasn’t in the contract. The contract was what the contract was, and that’s just the way it is,” said Fisher of the services Roane contracted to provide.
Resource International’s consulting engineer, Charlie Riedlinger, briefed the board on the need to adopt a second resolution that would correctly accept the federal funding to support construction of the Washington District sewer project’s second phase.
“We’re down to obtaining three final easements to connect Ebb Tide Beach to Placid Bay,” Risavi told the members of the Board.
“Outdoor World wants to walk the site before they sign, but the other two property appraisals are expected before the end of the week. Then RUS can authorize it to go out to bid,” the County Administrator stated.
According to Risavi’s July 8, 2009 memorandum to the members of the Board. Rural Development, aka RUS, will loan Westmoreland County as much as $3,003,000 to help support the Phase 2 sewer project. A grant not exceeding $1,013,000, a second Rural Development loan of as much as $1.5 million and a second grant that will not exceed $1.5 million are expected to cover that sewer project’s construction costs.
Riedlinger’s other business before the board Monday involved guidance in selecting Power and Flow Solution’s low bid of $362,308 to repair seven of the Montross sewer system’s pump stations and install a new inlet screener and final filter in the Montross-Westmoreland wastewater treatment plant. The plant upgrades will improve the efficiency of current treatment operations and the purity of the material it discharges into a tributary of Cat Point Creek.
“Resource [International] has been an immense help to us in meeting the metal limits and getting the plant turned around in a little over 12 months,” Risavi told the county’s Supervisors.
When the county government acquired the Montross-Westmoreland sewer system from a failed sewer authority, projected costs of mandated treatment plant upgrades ranged from $1.2 million to $1.5 million, Risavi additionally advised.
Chairman Fisher weighed in with praises of his own. Addressing Riedlinger, Fisher commented, “I am immensely grateful for the work you have done. To say I am happy would be an understatement.
“It will be good to have it function efficiently and meet the new requirements. I’d almost call you all miracle workers,” Fisher told the Resource International consulting engineer.
“Thank you,” Riedlinger responded. “It’s always a pleasure to work with you.”