Clarksville Council Meeting

The Clarksville Town Council met a little late this month. The regular meeting originally scheduled for Aug. 16 was delayed due to member conflicts and rescheduled for Monday night.

Council members discussed a request from Mike Denton concerning the Lake Country Regional Airport. Denton had requested that an agreement in which the town waive water and sewer fees at the airport be extended.

Council originally waived fees at the airport in 2010 when there was no tenant in the airport’s office space.

Denton, who serves as manager and operator of the airport, volunteers his time and efforts to serve the airport and flying public. Denton has never bothered to collect his $1 a year salary for the service.

Denton recently moved his services and dock construction business into the airport, explaining that renting space at the airport made it more convenient for him to continue to operate his business while keeping the airport available to the flying public.

Clarksville Town Manager Jeff Jones told members of council that despite the addition of Denton’s business, there have been no increases of water use at the facility.

Council member Glen Jurczyk raised an objection to an extension of the fee waiver, expressing the opinion that it would be unfair to businesses that do have to pay the standard fee for water and sewer service.

The discussion escalated into a heated session between Denton and Jurczyk, and eventually, it was decided by council to turn the matter over to the utilities committee for study and recommendation.

As there are currently no members on the utilities committee, the matter is expected to take some time to conclude.

Work continues on the project of reviewing Clarksville’s Zoning Ordinances. In April, Clarksville hired Chandler Planning of Charlottesville to conduct a review of current codes to determine if current codes need to be updated or rewritten. As part of the timeline given by Chandler, the preliminary interviews with citizens, business, civil leaders and others is winding down. In total, the project is expected to take approximately one year to complete.

Jones reported that the project to upgrade and improve Clarksville’s wastewater treatment and sewer pump stations remains on track. The project includes replacement of pipelines, modifications at the sludge pump facilities, enhancements at the influent pump station, remote sewer pump station improvements, paving repairs and landscaping. The project is expected to conclude by the end of October.

In a related matter, a dozen residents in the Perfect Point area are being added to the town public sewer system, foregoing the individual septic systems they have been using.

In other matters, Jones reported that work is underway on Phase Two of the Southwest Downtown Community Revitalization Project. The work in Phase Two includes the installation of sidewalk, asbestos abatement and reconstruction of a home located on Carolina Street. Work, said Jones, is expected to be finished on Phase Two by the end of November.

Due to requests from the Department of Environmental Quality, additional funding will be required to complete assessments on the old Burlington Industries property and will cost more than originally estimated.
Anderson & Associates, the company contracted to handle the first two phases of the site assessment, has reported that the company has been notified more information and analyses will be needed to be accepted as a proper Phase II Site Assessment by the DEQ.

The firm had originally contracted to perform the work for a $50,000 fee but has reported that with the additional work required to comply with DEQ requirements, the fee will need to be raised by another $10,000.

Jones told council this week that the grant received by Clarksville to undertake the project included a contingency which would cover the unexpected increase.

Paid for with a Virginia Brownfield Assist Fund grant, the project will allow real estate agents to better market the property as a site that will not need pollution abatement.