Contract signed to install new treatment plant clarifiers; town budget approved

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ELKTON — The town has inked a $3 million contract with MEB Contracting Inc. of Chesapeake to install two clarifiers at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The clarifiers, or sediment ponds, will be installed to remove sediment and other debris from wastewater before it is released into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The town closed on the issuance of $3.56 million in bonds on June 2. The additional $500,000 or so will go toward engineering, capitalized interest and legal fees.

Town staff will meet with the contractor and engineer Herb White, president of the WW Associates of Charlottesville, on Thursday morning for a pre-construction meeting.

The project is the second phase of a four-phase upgrade mandated by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Budget approved
In other news, by a vote of 5-0 with Jeff Jones absent, council approved the first reading of a $5.376 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017 during a special meeting on Monday. The second reading is scheduled for Monday, June 20.

Mayor Wayne Printz said the town plans to add a part-time police officer and fill only one of three open public works positions.

In addition, the town is looking to replace Joe Sokol, former operator of the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said the town needs to grade Elk Run Park, a little used downtown park located behind the former Ray’s Diner.

Shifflett wants to grade the park and reseed it so that it can be mowed. Town staff previously had to use a weedeater on the park, which has been in existence for about seven years.

Shifflett asked council to approve a $5,917 purchase for a “gutter broom” in the near future. The device can be can be attached to the front end of a bobcat and used to sweep town streets.

Family Fun Night
Printz said the first Family Fun Night outside the Elkton Area Community Center was a success. He estimated that the June 11 event drew 150-200 people. It was noted that Dean Ace Hardware donated $500 toward the event. Town staff is planning for a second one.

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