JOINT PUBLIC HEARING
ADOPTION OR APPROVAL OF THE
FORMATION AGREEMENT FOR THE CREATION
OF A REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY
THOSE PRESENT: John H. Miller, Mayor; Agnes Joines, Mayor Pro Tem; Robert Andrews,
John Brady, Mike Parlier, and Lois Sheets, Councilmembers; Bryan Edwards,
Town Manager, and William Graham, Town Attorney.
Eldon Edwards, Chairman of the
Don Adams, Alleghany
OTHERS PRESENT: Judge Richard Doughton, David Isner, Laura Dean, Alleghany News and
Shane Fender, Cyber Campus.
Alleghany Chairman Eldon Edwards arrived at and the public hearing was declared opened jointly by Mayor John Miller and Chairman Eldon Edwards. All were in favor.
Town Manager, Bryan Edwards gave an overview of the executive summary report from the feasibility report for the Alleghany County, NC/Grayson County, VA Regional Water supply project:
This feasibility study has been prepared by
Adams-Heath Engineering, Inc. and Peed & Bortz,
· There are currently two public water supply systems in the service area; the Town of Sparta, NC and the Town of Independence, VA. The systems serve a combined number of about 1,820 connections with a combined average daily water demand of about 578,000 GPD.
· The two water systems utilize groundwater wells as source supply, with a total of 23 permitted wells. The combined permitted yield capacity of all wells is 1,235 GPM but current available production has diminished to about 677 GPM.
· Both Town’s water systems are operating near their maximum available source production capacity. Additional water source supply capacity is needed to meet increasing water demands as well as normal anticipated system growth.
The recommended course of action for the Town of
The recommended institutional arrangement is to create a regional water
authority to own and operate the water treatment plant with bulk water
wholesale back to the respective localities.
The Authority should include representatives from each of the four
municipalities; Alleghany, Grayson,
Richard Doughton questioned the legality of the joint
state authority. Don Adams,
Mayor Miller and Chairman Edwards both declared the public hearing closed after no further comments or questions.
John Brady made the motion to approve the ordinance for the formation agreement as presented for the creation for the regional water authority and to approve the feasibility study as presented. Robert Andrews made the second and the voting was for: 5 and against: 0. (See Page _____ for the ordinance.)
Commissioner Sandy Carter-Herndon made the motion to approve the creation of the regional water authority by the formation agreement presented and Commissioner Graylen Blevins made the second. The voting was for: 3 and against: 0.
John H. Miller, Mayor
Kay Cox, Town Clerk
ORDINANCE AUTHORING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF A FORMATION AGREEMENT FOR THE CREATION OF A REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY
WHEREAS, the County of Grayson, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia (“Grayson”), the Town of Independence, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia (“Independence”), the County of Alleghany, a political subdivision of the State of North Carolina (“Alleghany”), and the Town of Sparta, a political subdivision of the State of North Carolina (“Sparta”) desire to create a regional authority as a body politic and corporate under the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Act (Chapter 51, Title 15.2, of the Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended) (the “Act”).
WHEREAS, in order to create such an
WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Alleghany County has held a public hearing on the Formation Agreement after publishing at least one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality notice of the day, which was not less than 30 days after publication of the advertisement, on which the public hearing would be held. Such notice contained a descriptive summary of the Formation Agreement and a reference to the place within the locality where a copy of the Formation Agreement could be obtained and the time and place of the hearing.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED AS FOLLOWS:
The Formation Agreement among the County of Grayson, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of
Virginia, the Town of Independence, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth
of Virginia, the County of Alleghany, a political subdivision of the State of
North Carolina, and the Town of Sparta, a political subdivision of the State of
North Carolina, the form of which has been advertised as stated above
and presented to this meeting, is approved. The Chairman is authorized to execute and
deliver on behalf of
2. This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.
Adopted this the 3rd day of May, 2005.