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Final sulfate repair tally $1.2 million

The final tally is in, and the Town of Pulaski ended up paying $1.2 million or just under 62 percent of the total cost to repair sulfate damages at Peppers Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority in Fairlawn.
The board of directors voted Thursday to approve final bills for the estimated $2 million project which sparked so much controversy a year ago. The project ended up coming in just under estimates, at $1,939,241.
Despite objections from the town’s representatives on the board, the authority initially assessed 84 percent of the total project cost to the town.
The majority of the board contends Pulaski industries such as James Hardie and NanoChemonics contributed most of the sulfates that caused damage to the plant, so the town should pay the bulk of the bill.
Town officials objected, saying there is no way to accurately determine what amount of sulfate each jurisdiction contributed.
After several months of discussion, the board agreed to figure equipment depreciation into the equation. Therefore, the cost of equipment that was deemed to be near the end of its projected life was calculated on the same formula (based on usage) normally used to determine each jurisdiction’s share of operating costs.
In this case the town’s share would be 40 percent of the cost, so its share of damage repairs was reduced.
Other members of the authority and their share of the total cost of repairs are:
• City of Radford, $401,153 (21 percent);
• Pulaski County Public Service Authority (PSA), $120,706 (6 percent);
• Town of Dublin, $95,284 (5 percent);
• Pulaski County Sewer Authority, $64,207 (3 percent); and
• Montgomery County PSA, $57,338 (3 percent).
Bond funds left over from the project will be held in a trust account until it is determined what amount may need to be returned to the federal government.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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Final sulfate repair tally $1.2 million

The final tally is in, and the Town of Pulaski ended up paying $1.2 million or just under 62 percent of the total cost to repair sulfate damages at Peppers Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority in Fairlawn.
The board of directors voted Thursday to approve final bills for the estimated $2 million project which sparked so much controversy a year ago. The project ended up coming in just under estimates, at $1,939,241.
Despite objections from the town’s representatives on the board, the authority initially assessed 84 percent of the total project cost to the town.
The majority of the board contends Pulaski industries such as James Hardie and NanoChemonics contributed most of the sulfates that caused damage to the plant, so the town should pay the bulk of the bill.
Town officials objected, saying there is no way to accurately determine what amount of sulfate each jurisdiction contributed.
After several months of discussion, the board agreed to figure equipment depreciation into the equation. Therefore, the cost of equipment that was deemed to be near the end of its projected life was calculated on the same formula (based on usage) normally used to determine each jurisdiction’s share of operating costs.
In this case the town’s share would be 40 percent of the cost, so its share of damage repairs was reduced.
Other members of the authority and their share of the total cost of repairs are:
• City of Radford, $401,153 (21 percent);
• Pulaski County Public Service Authority (PSA), $120,706 (6 percent);
• Town of Dublin, $95,284 (5 percent);
• Pulaski County Sewer Authority, $64,207 (3 percent); and
• Montgomery County PSA, $57,338 (3 percent).
Bond funds left over from the project will be held in a trust account until it is determined what amount may need to be returned to the federal government.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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