HISID approves remainder of waterlines for leak detection
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Encouraged by the results of its earlier leak detection study of 20 miles of waterline, the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners voted Monday to have Matchpoint complete a study on the remaining 49 miles.
In August, Matchpoint detected 22 leaks in the 20 miles of waterline it tested. Of those leaks, 14 were in the distribution lines, and eight were in customer service lines. Of the 20 miles, Matchpoint tested 16.3 miles on the island proper and 3.7 miles on the mainland. It found two major leaks on the island, which have since been repaired.
Since the board only approved leak detection on 20 miles the first time, District Manager Dennis Kelly asked for approval for the remaining 49 miles.
Matchpoint originally quoted $20,562 to do the whole 60 miles, with a $2,500 mobilization fee to bring its equipment here. Forty-nine miles will cost $15,680, or $320 per mile. The price includes any mobilization fee to bring equipment in. (Ed. note: This last sentence corrects an error in the print edition.)
The board voted not to exceed the $320 per mile.
The board approved a motion to "receive and file" the 2011 and 2012 audit, with a correction.
Office Manager Marilyn Clave reported the district has collected $690,917 in assessments as of the end of July, or about 41 percent of the $1.7 million budgeted to be collected, once anticipated uncollectible assessment billing is adjusted for.
"This is about normal," she said, adding that more assessments will be added for August and September and that many people wait until the October deadline to pay their full assessment.
The remainder of the meeting was taken up with department head and district manager reports and commissioner and public comments on a variety of issues, including voting rights, misinformation in recent newspaper articles about time-share amenities, voting rights of property owners and foreclosure responsibilities, among others,
Kelly said the election notice has been prepared and is going out this week. The commissioner nomination meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the district office. Two changes this year are that early voting has been cut down to two weeks instead of four, and this year the board, because Holiday Island's election is considered to be a "meeting," will convene at 8:15 a.m. to vote to "open the election" on Election Day, Dec. 3, and reconvene at 6:15 p.m. that day to close it. This has not been done before.
Kelly said he will try to get information on unresolved election issues such as voter eligibility and what to do if there is a tie for next Monday's meeting.
The board is set to discuss the first draft of the 2014 Capital Improvements Program at next Monday's meeting. Kelly said copies of the draft would be made available a few days before the meeting. Some of the issues that will be discussed include a purchase/lease agreement for HVAC throughout district-owned buildings. Commissioner Ken Brown asked Kelly to look into it, and he said he would.
He said he has a list of about 15 to 20 items the district might consider service contracts for.
"I usually like to get a three-year contract," he said.
Kelly said the sheriff will also be on the agenda at next Monday's meeting to update his plans for coverage of the western part of the county.