During Monday afternoon's Roanoke Utilities Board meeting, members learned of a new state law that would impact roughly 1,486 gas meters.
Lines would have to be dug up to these meters, creating a cost up to $200,000. In order to comply with the law without having to dig up the lines, a maintenance fee of 50 cents must be placed on customers. This charge will not be effective for at least another two or three years. Members voted only to allow this charge, and it will now be presented to state officials to accept.
An estimate was given to pressure wash the water tank in town. There are buzzard droppings which need to be cleaned off. A $19,900 estimate was presented to pressure wash the tank, install a wire to keep buzzards away, and replace any missing bulbs. The utilities board decided to table this matter and revisit it in a month due to the current budget.
Phone bills have successfully dropped $306 due to an updated contract with the provider.
A sewer line overflowed on Strozier Street causing major damage to a nearby building.
There was a sewer break in Crestview Subdivision. The sewer line was clamped, but options are being considered to move and replace the line.
There was a fire at Smith Lagoon at the starter pump, and a soft starter has been installed to prevent this from happening in the future. The installation of the soft started cost $3,035.
Water pressure is continuing to be monitored at Allen Avenue. This is a seven-week process, so it will take some time to complete the monitoring process.
Dredging will be done at the water plant in order to allow a passing score on water testing.
Members went into executive session for good name and character of personnel, but no action was taken at this time.