At Monday's meeting of Roanoke Utilities Board, newly appointed manager Pam Bonner conducted her first meeting.

Besides board members, Roanoke Mayor Jill Phillips and city maintenance supervisor Tim Jacobs attended the meeting. The main topic of discussion was the replacement of the main water line on Main Street from Farm Boy's Restaurant to Highway 22/North Main intersection, an approximate distance of some 3,800 feet. According to Brent Wilson with the utility department, the approximate cost as of July 16 was $523,000.

The State Department of Transportation would be responsible for repaving the street, but the board must repack the street with state standards. Mayor Phillips said this is a project the city and the board need to work on together to complete, and it will improve the water quality on Main Street. The board will check on grants that might be available for the project.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard from Bonner the department repaired leaks at Wellington Terrace and on Fincher Street and Cauthen Circle. The work crew installed a new tap valve on County Road 87.
  • Approved the purchase of riprap to be placed at the discharge location. Due to recent heavy rains, the current riprap has washed away.
  • Approved the correction of communication issues that control the motors at the water treatment plant.
  • Approved the purchase of new tires for the meter reader truck.
  • Met in executive session for 25 minutes to discuss good name and character.

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