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No stimulus funds for Pepper’s Ferry

Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority will eventually convert to an Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection system, but it may take longer than expected.
The Authority had hoped to bump up completion of the project by using economic stimulus money to fund it. Unfortunately, the project failed to make the "short list" of projects to receive funding, said Authority Executive Director Clarke Wallcraft.
Wallcraft was expected to inform the board of directors of the unsuccessful attempt to obtain stimulus funds at this morning’s board meeting.
So, "it’s back to Plan A" for the UV Disinfection Conversion project, Wallcraft said.
"It’s our intent to move forward (with the project) as funds become available," he said. "We’ll fund it as debt service comes off the books."
Capital Improvements Plan approved by the Authority’s board of directors in November called for the project to be funded over a period of two to three years.
However, the time frame could have been moved up significantly if it had been approved for an estimated $80-$120 million expected to be made available to the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Recovery Act is recently approved legislation commonly referred to as an economic stimulus package.
Conversion to UV disinfection rather than chlorine disinfection will reduce chemical and personnel costs, as well as reduce hazards associated with chemical use, Wallcraft told the board in February.
At that time, Radford City board representative Robert Asbury pointed out that the UV conversion has been planned for "a number of years." He said it didn’t arise merely due to the fact some federal money might be available to fund it.
"I want to be clear that this is not an effort to engage in a wasteful expenditure of federal funds," he said. "The timing (of the stimulus money) is convenient, but this is a necessary project. It didn’t just come to mind because of the money."
A plan to upgrade sewer lines in the Southeastern section of the Town of Pulaski did make the short list for $1.6 million in federal stimulus funds.

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No stimulus funds for Pepper’s Ferry

Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority will eventually convert to an Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection system, but it may take longer than expected.
The Authority had hoped to bump up completion of the project by using economic stimulus money to fund it. Unfortunately, the project failed to make the "short list" of projects to receive funding, said Authority Executive Director Clarke Wallcraft.
Wallcraft was expected to inform the board of directors of the unsuccessful attempt to obtain stimulus funds at this morning’s board meeting.
So, "it’s back to Plan A" for the UV Disinfection Conversion project, Wallcraft said.
"It’s our intent to move forward (with the project) as funds become available," he said. "We’ll fund it as debt service comes off the books."
Capital Improvements Plan approved by the Authority’s board of directors in November called for the project to be funded over a period of two to three years.
However, the time frame could have been moved up significantly if it had been approved for an estimated $80-$120 million expected to be made available to the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Recovery Act is recently approved legislation commonly referred to as an economic stimulus package.
Conversion to UV disinfection rather than chlorine disinfection will reduce chemical and personnel costs, as well as reduce hazards associated with chemical use, Wallcraft told the board in February.
At that time, Radford City board representative Robert Asbury pointed out that the UV conversion has been planned for "a number of years." He said it didn’t arise merely due to the fact some federal money might be available to fund it.
"I want to be clear that this is not an effort to engage in a wasteful expenditure of federal funds," he said. "The timing (of the stimulus money) is convenient, but this is a necessary project. It didn’t just come to mind because of the money."
A plan to upgrade sewer lines in the Southeastern section of the Town of Pulaski did make the short list for $1.6 million in federal stimulus funds.

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