The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 25, 2014

Elkmont Rural Village to get new wastewater plant

By Karen Middleton
For The News Courier

— Residents of the Elkmont Rural Village can look forward to better sewer service soon. The Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority board on Thursday approved a low bid of $3,440,000 by B.H. Craig Construction Co. of Florence to do the job.

Alton Hethcoat of the engineering firm of Hethcoat & Davis of Brentwood, Tenn., said four construction firms bid on the project with a high bid of $4.1 million submitted by Baird Contracting Co. out of Birmingham.

“We’ve known them for a long time and they are a reputable contractor with a history of successful projects,” said Hethcoat.

Board Chairman Jim Moffatt asked Hethcoat if Baird had ever done any work for the authority in the past.

“No they have never worked for Limestone County before but they have worked with Hethcoat & Davis on projects,” said Hethcoat.

Legal Counsel Mike Cole said a new Rural Village wastewater treatment plant was mandated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

“We could have been hit by considerable assessments and fines,” said Cole.

Moffatt said it was worthy of noting that ADEM did not find deficiencies in the Rural Village system.

“We went to ADEM and reported the problems,” said Moffatt.

Moffatt said building the new treatment plant would “pretty much exhaust” revenue remaining in the 2007 and 2010 bond issues. Any remaining expenses would have to be drawn from the Huntsville Proceeds Sale account derived from sale of water lines to Huntsville-annexed areas.

Other business

In other business, the board approved swapping property, on which the original Delphi site pumping station sits at U.S. 31 and Sandy Road for another piece of property to the west along Sandy Road.

The pumping station pumps water from Decatur. Decatur is building a new pipeline under the Tennessee River to increase water capacity to Limestone and that necessitates a larger capacity pumping station.

The Delphi site is now owned by OAX Corp. of Florida and Robert Trafford, whom Hethcoat said was agreeable to the swap.

A further part of the resolution involved turning over to the state the first meter pit and all easements now owned by the authority on the Delphi site.

The board also approved the acceptance of 95 lots in three subdivisions. Construction Manager Brent Brown said 31 of those lots are in West Haven Phase 3; 30 lots in Legacy Grove Phase 7, and 34 lots in Greenbrier Woods Phase 3. All of the subdivisions are in the southeast quadrant of the county.

Developers of The Arbors Addition 3 asked to be accepted into the authority service area, but Brown said there still are some features unfinished, such as paving of roads.

The board voted to go into a half-hour executive session in which Moffatt said members would be discussing a matter of pending litigation and also the good name and character of an individual.

After coming out of executive session, the board voted unanimously to authorize its legal firm Wilmer & Lee to settle a matter with developers of an unnamed subdivision in an effort to avoid litigation.

Legal Counsel Mike Cole said the board is not required to publicly name the subdivision in question.