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Feds award Philpott $3.75 million
In stimulus funds
Friday, May 1, 2009
Philpott Reservoir and Lake will receive $3,750,000 in federal stimulus funding, four Virginia lawmakers announced Thursday.
The projects are designed to restore shorelines, rehabilitate recreation and campground facilities and hire additional staff to provide visitor assistance during the peak season, according to a news release. Selection criteria required that projects be executed quickly and result in high, immediate employment.
Funding was dedicated to complete ongoing projects or an element/phase of ongoing projects.
In addition to $1.2 million announced earlier this week that will be used to build a sewer line to connect Philpott to the Henry County PSA, the funds for Philpott will break down as follows:
"¢ $150,000 to develop plans and specifications using an architectural and engineering services contract to replace critical equipment - the powerhouse headgate machinery and controls - supporting a 14,000 kilowatts powerhouse.
"¢ $300,000 to prepare plans and specifications using an archaeological and engineering services contract for the rewind of electric generators and to replace hydraulic turbines to increase capacity at the powerhouse.
"¢ $150,000 to hire additional temporary ranger employees and term employees to provide additional visitor assistance during the peak recreation season, which will improve public safety and security. The release did not say how many people will be hired, when they will be hired or what they will be paid.
"¢ $200,000 to develop plans and to repair a 50-ton overhead bridge crane in the powerhouse to support the powerhouse and prevent failure of the dam. The plant goal is to maintain 90 percent availability of operation without a major failure of equipment, the release said.
"¢ $750,000 to repair recreational facilities at Horseshoe Point and Salt House Branch parks. This activity will repair deteriorated public park facilities and correct non-compliance with modern design standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The goal is to increase visitor satisfaction and reducing future maintenance costs.
"¢ $1,000,000 to repair a bridge crane that has failed once and reached end of life for critical lifts.
U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner, 9th District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, and 5th District U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle County, announced $11 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for 15 water resource projects at Philpott and at the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Boydton. The remaining $7,250,000 will be used toward projects at John H. Kerr.
"The $11 million investment announced today will provide much-needed maintenance and modernization to Southside's major water resources and stimulate economic growth at a time when Virginia's communities need it most," Webb said.
"I am happy to see these stimulus dollars being used to make smart investments in Southside," said Warner. "These projects will create jobs in the near term and help diversify Henry County's economic opportunities over the longer term."�
"The allocation of $3.75 million in Recovery Act funding for Philpott Reservoir will provide a great economic benefit to Henry County," said Boucher.
"We're really excited to have helped secure these projects to increase tourism and spark economic development in our communities in Southside. This is why I supported the recovery act: To create jobs now while investing in our future competitive advantage," Perriello said.