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Board action makes way for water tank
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
By BY DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Patrick County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a land swap request that will allow the Henry County Public Service Authority (PSA) to build a new water tower on Goose Point Road.
Roger Hayden, Dan River District supervisor, said the board discussed and passed the measure 4-1, with Hayden casting the lone dissenting vote over some concerns about the specifics of the tower.
“Basically, I had some questions about the aesthetics of it,” including the height and weight of the structure, he said.
“Before anyone builds anything over near Goose Point, I’d like to know how it’s going to affect the citizens,” Hayden said. He added that there was no further discussion of the issue after he posed his questions.
“I’m sure it will be addressed once the people in that area find out about it,” he said.
Henry County Administrator Tim Hall said the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) actually owns the land, but since it is located in Patrick County, officials there were asked to approve its use.
Tim Pace, director of engineering in Henry County, said the new water storage tank is needed for three primary reasons: to replace the smaller tank, to serve southern areas of Henry County and because the tank goes hand in hand with the PSA’s future expansion of the Philpott Water Plant.
He explained that a few years ago, the Henry County PSA ran a water line to serve Fairy Stone Park. However, the majority of that line is located in Patrick County, and Patrick officials gave their permission to build it.
The new line also provided an opportunity to build the tank for additional storage, Pace said.
Officials had identified two possible locations, he said — the Goose Point Road site and another site on a wildlife management area on Virginia 57 near the Goose Point Road turnoff.
The sites were selected “to give us the elevation we need to serve that water station,” Pace said. The DCR preferred the site on Goose Point Road, he said.
At this point, he does not know how much land will be needed to build the tank, but Pace estimated between a half-acre and an acre.
The easement agreement needed to build the water storage tank specifies that there must be “no net loss,” Pace said. That means that if an acre of land is needed to build the water storage tank, Henry County will have to give an acre to the state that is contiguous to the state owned property, Pace explained.
The tank will cost about $750,000 to construct, Pace said, noting that when the PSA ran the line to serve Fairy Stone, it also upgraded the water line from 8 to 10 inches in preparation for the tank to be put in the vicinity.
There is no timetable for the project yet, he said, and added it still is in the early stages.
“This is just the beginning,” Pace said. After the approval was given Monday by Patrick County, “that’s when our environmental agent will start looking for a site to swap,” he said.
When the tank is built, an older, smaller tank on Friendship Drive in Bassett — which would be costly to rehab — will be taken out of service, Pace said.
The new tank will “give the PSA more flexibility in operating its system” and will ensure better service to the entire system, Pace said.
Currently, the PSA provides water to some Patrick County customers out to Haynes 57, Pace said. “We do have some customers out in Fairy Stone Reserve. That whole little subdivision is connected to the PSA, and the state park (Fairy Stone) is completely connected.”