Supervisors work session

Engineer Butch Joyce with Labella Engineering said the life expectancy of the Pittsylvania County landfill could be cut from 140 years to 70 years if imports from Bedford County reach an additional 40,000 tons. 

 

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night, June 18 to have county staff move forward with submitting a bid for importing solid waste from Bedford County. 

County administrator David Smitherman said Bedford’s landfill has a life expectancy of one year. 

“They are looking for a 10 year contract with renewable 5 year terms,” Smitherman said. The benefit to the county according to Smitherman would be around $1.2 million per year. 

According to a report presented during the county work session, the Pittsylvania County landfill has a current life expectancy through 2159. 

“There is approximately 6 million tons of capacity, and at the current 42,000 tons per year, the life of all four areas is 140 years of life,” engineer Butch Joyce with Labella Engineering said. Joyce was hired by the county to study the landfill in 2018. 

If the county were to begin bringing in solid waste from Bedford, the county landfill would have its life expectancy cut to 2089.

Joyce reported Bedford is sending about 40,000 tons of waste to the dump annually. 

“So doubling what Pittsylvania County is using, from 42 to 82, would cut the life in half,” Joyce said.

Solid Waste Committee Chairman Bob Warren told the board the net capital would give the county enough money to open and close two cells in the landfill.

“The solid waste fee is currently only covering operational costs. [Importing solid waste] would prevent a tax increase,” Warren said.

If the bid is accepted by Bedford, solid waste would begin being transported to the county landfill on July 1, 2020. 

A bid is due by Friday, June 21 according to assistant county administrator Greg Sides.

In other business:

The board voted unanimously to approve a Go Virginia Robotic Grant Match funding commitment. 

Troy Simpson from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research told the board during Tuesday’s work session there was a $288,377.50 shortfall. 

The shortfall is part of a $3.2 million investment for robotic programming and precision machining. 

Simpson said career connection labs introduce students in Pittsylvania County Schools to precision machinery programs. He also said the county will be the first in the Commonwealth to have these programs in all schools. 

“Pittsylvania County was the frontrunner in workforce development for k-12 programs,” Warren said. “Pittsylvania County is a driving force for economic development because we established these programs.”

 The board voted unanimously to approve a 6-year plan for VDOT to pave over 20 secondary roads in the county. 

Jay Craddock told the board that Pocket Road is one of the roads slated for paving and should be completed by 2024. 

 Changes to the enterprise zone was approved to be heard during the July meeting by the board. Sides said the agenda item will be advertised for public hearing. 

 The board authorized the RIFA Cane Creek Bond to be refinanced. 

Finance director Kim Van Der Hyde said the bonds will be repaid annually based on appropriations by the county and Danville, with each being responsible for one-half of such debt service. 

A total of $285,000 was appropriated in the fiscal year 2020 county budget, which is expected to cover the county’s share of the debt obligation according to Van Der Hyde.

 A $10,000 grant was unanimously accepted from the Colonial Pipeline Grant. 

The grant will be used toward haz-mat supplies, and does not require a local match.

 The board approved a resolution to use funding from the U.S. 58 corridor fund for the Southern Virginia Megasite connector road.

According to information from county officials, the Commonwealth of Virgina suggested a change in funding from Smart Scale to corridor funds due to an increase in prospect activity at the mega site. 

The funding change will allow the state to complete the connector road quicker than using Smart Scale funding. 

 A thrift store at the Pittsylvania Pet Center was approved by the board Tuesday. 

The store will be operated inside the pet center in a joint effort between the county and the Pittsylvania County SPCA. 

Proceeds from sales at the store will be split with 60-percent going to the county, and 40-percent to the SPCA.

 Landfill tipping fees were waived for residents of Hurt following a straight-line windstorm that caused damage on May 31. 

Assistant county administrator Richard Hicks said the fees will be waived for a 30-day period from the date of the storm.

 Delta Response Team will soon have two ambulances housed at new locations. 

DRT ambulances housed at Mount Cross Fire & Rescue and Chatham Fire Department will now be housed at Mount Hermon Fire & Rescue and Chatham Rescue Squad. 

According to information provided by Pittsylvania County Emergency Services Director Chris Slemp, the changes are expected to reduce costs associated with the DRT contract. 

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will hold their next business meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 in the Pittsylvania County General District Courtroom.

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