Water headlines town council meeting

Lucas Vance Staff Writer

September 9, 2013

WINNSBORO — The cost of switching Winnsboro’s water from chlorine to chloromines continues to climb.

Town Manager Don Wood noted that the total cost of the switch from chlorine to chloromines has amassed nearly $200,000.

Gas, Water and Sewer Director Jesse Douglas recently requested additional funds from town council to buy equipment needed to monitor chemicals involved with the addition of ammonia to treated water at the Water Treatment Plant.

The capital expenditure request from Douglas totaled $12,650.65. Originally $22,000 was budgeted for this phase of the change, but the total cost will reach over $34,650.

Some of the equipment required will be plant-based equipment that will be used in a laboratory setting. Other needed items will be used in the field and will be portable so field analysis can be done in a timely fashion.

Before taking a vote, Wood told council it could use funds from the water investment account to cover the added expenses.

Councilman Stan Klaus made a motion to accept the request, which was seconded by Clyde Sanders with no discussion from council. The motion passed.

Council went into executive session to discuss contractual water issues with the Holly Hill Bluffs neighborhood on Mueller Road in Blythewood.

The neighborhood’s previous developer has gone bankrupt and left the development unfinished. It has been purchased by S.C. Pillon Homes Inc., which has asked to assume the development agreement reached four years ago.

To finish the design, S.C. Pillon Homes Inc. has asked for an additional eight taps to complete the design change.

Following nearly 45 minutes behind closed doors in executive session, council returned to open session and Councilman Jack Wilkes made a motion to accept the proposal of S.C. Pillon Homes Inc. with the condition that S.C. Pillon Homes Inc. would prepay the amount due, and that the letterhead and billing be changed from Holly Hill Bluffs to S.C. Pillon Homes Inc.

The motion passed unanimously. Councilman Danny Miller who was absent.

The Town of Winnsboro and the developer will operate under the same contract, by just extending the number of taps.

The added taps increase the previous contract of 54 taps to 62, but the developer still needs to receive approval of the design from the Town of Blythewood. Per the contract, each household is allotted 450 gallons per day with each tap costing $1,351.

In other business, no date has been set for a Regional Water Authority meeting. Mayor Roger Gaddy said the different members were being canvased for their government structure ideas.

“We don’t have any clear evidence that the other members are on aboard to a Water Authority,” he stated. “If they’re not dedicated to it, then we’re not going to try and pound a square peg into a round hole.”

Discussion of a future meeting was tabled since there has been no support to form the authority.