PALMYRA — The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors will start some movement on Zion Crossroads water at the July 3 meeting.
County staff has been in negotiations with Aqua, operator of the Lake Monticello water and waste water treatment facility, for a year. Aqua gave an unsolicited offer under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA).
Discussions with Aqua, at least on a preliminary level, have been years in the making. The main point is to bring water to the Zion Crossroads area but also have discussed a take over of the Fork Union Sanitary District (FUSD). The PPEA proposal on the table is for water service and sewer collection to Zion Crossroads.
The Aqua proposal is not provided in the publicly available Board of Supervisors’ agenda packet but numbers of a second proposal with the Department of Corrections (DOC) are.
The DOC has agreed to 75,000 gallons per day (GDP) of treated water beginning on or after July 1. The cost is $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of metered water. The DOC has also agreed to provide up to 125,000 gallons of waste water treatment per day beginning on or after July 1 also. The cost would also be $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of waste water.
The water collection and treatment would be at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on Route 250.
The FY14-18 Capital Improvements Plan included money for water. The money set aside for FY14 (running July 2013 to June 2014) is $575,000 for construction of water and sewer to Zion Crossroads Development Area from the General Fund Balance. Some money will come from a proffer from the Villas at Sycamore Square, phase one.
The money in FY15 is $3.1 million also for construction of the water and sewer line. The last year it has money assigned is FY16 for $975,000.
The CIP is only funded for FY14 unless items ‘piggyback’ into subsequent years. There has been no confirmation yet if the money in FY15 and FY16 are considered ‘piggyback’ or same line item like school buses are for the school system.
Steve Nichols, county administrator, recommends not proceeding with the PPEA agreement with Aqua. The DOC item in the agenda is recommended to approve.
The Board of Supervisors meet at 2 p.m. on July 3 at the Fluvanna Courthouse.
Editor’s Note: Previous version of this article incorrectly identified the ‘Villas of Nahor’ when it is the ‘Villas at Sycamore Square’. We regret the error.