At Monday's meeting of Roanoke Utilities Board, Manager Jerry Revis shared some good news with the board.

"I am glad to report that we have been approved for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency," Revis said. "A site inspection will be done on July 28, at two locations where we had damage during the heavy rain and flooding earlier this year."

The two locations affected were at the intersection of Highway 431 and County Road 59 and Highway 431 near NAPA Auto Parts.

"The estimated cost will be some $16,000 ($6,500 for 431/59 and $9,500 for 431 at NAPA) and we will only be responsible for 12.5 percent of the cost," Revis said. "This is good news for us and hopefully we can have these problem areas corrected soon."

ADEM Inspection

Revis told the board the inspection by ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) at the water treatment facility had been completed.

"Overall, we received a satisfactory rating," he said. "They noted we needed to make clearer, more concise entries into our log book. They also stated we needed to have a certified operator for the distribution of water from the plant."

Revis went on to say the agency is requiring eight samples a month from the facility.

"This is going to cost us, but it is something we are required to do," he said.

Budget woes

Revis told the board the 2020 budget is still in a deficit for the year.

"We did make some improvements, around $9000 for the month of June but the earlier months when the virus started is what hurt us. I hope we continue to increase through the rest of the year," Revis said.

In other business, the board:

  • Noted the water pressure project on Allen Avenue had been completed.
  • Agreed to hire a part time grass cutter for areas around sewer drains.
  • Denied a claim from a board employee for reimbursement for using his personal vehicle for board business. Board members agreed that a utility truck should be used when one is available.
  • Agreed to give Tier 1 benefits to Tier 2 employees for state retirement.

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