HI commissioners to examine water loss

Friday, May 14, 2010

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Board of Commissioners will hold its monthly work session on Monday, May 17, at 9 a.m. at the district office.

On the agenda, the board will hear a presentation by Mike Mathis of Mathis, Carter & Associates on the water loss study. Preliminary information, said District Manager Kevin Crosson, shows that likely the water loss is due to multiple leaks at the service lines rather than large leaks in water mains.

"The district is responsible for the service lines up to the meters at homes," he said. "Leaks at the service lines means more fixes rather than large leaks at the mains."

The district has experienced as much as 80 percent water loss over the years.

Also on the agenda, the board will discuss the second reading of Amendment #15 to Reg. #26-2002, User Fees for Holiday Island Clubs and Organizations. The board passed the first reading at its April meeting after taking the draft through many changes.

The board is expected to vote on the second reading at its business meeting on May 24. If that passes, it will go into effect in January 2011.

The board will also review the 2010 revised road paving program recommendations and is expected to implement the full program as originally presented.

Last month Crosson recommended restricting the program to striping roads in light of two emerging needs at the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project: a mechanical bar screen for wastewater solids and an aeration system.

Unsure of whether funds would be available from the wastewater treatment plant revolving loan from the state, Crosson suggested holding back funds from the road budget to cover these two items.

The good news, he said, is that the revolving loan, taken for $5.6 million, is likely to have funds left over of around $300,000, which will cover the screen and aeration needs at the plant, so road funds can be fully used.

The board will also consider and discuss a resolution to not feed deer. A resolution takes one vote at the business meeting.

The Deer Advisory Committee has been campaigning heavily in the district to educate residents about the problems associated with feeding deer. Commissioner Kay Janky heads up the committee.

The board will hold its business meeting on May 24, also at 9 a.m.

The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

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