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Scott supervisors approve merger of Public Service Authority, Nickelsville water system

Holly Viers • Jul 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM

GATE CITY — A months-long effort to merge the Scott County Public Service Authority with the town of Nickelsville’s water system is coming to fruition.

The Scott County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved a resolution authorizing the SCPSA to oversee Nickelsville water services. In June 2018, the SCPSA and the town entered into an agreement whereby the county agency would provide assistance to Nickelsville’s water and sewage systems, if the SCPSA has the resources available to do so.

The agreement included the requirement that the SCPSA acquire the town’s water and wastewater systems within 12 months, or by June of this year.

“This has been ongoing for a while,” said BOS Chairman Danny Mann. “Nickelsville had a lot of issues, and the PSA’s taking it over. They’re assuming some debt with that … so hopefully it’ll be managed really well and they can make something out of this.”

In other action, the BOS:

• Approved a resolution adding Route 916 to VDOT’s road system. The Scott County Economic Development Authority constructed the route — which is three-tenths of a mile from U.S. 23 — at the Riverside Development.

• Approved a one-time fund transfer requested by Chris Holder, interim sheriff. Holder requested that $27,000 be moved from the Sheriff’s Office vehicle fund to salaries, which will fund a courthouse security position. Holder said additional salary funds were needed because Chief Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hamilton is requiring security coverage at the front door of the courthouse five days a week, nine hours a day.

• Approved an agreement for a $480,000 grant for the county’s new burn building. The structure will be located near the animal shelter and will be available to fire departments in the county and surrounding areas for training. Due to grant requirements, the building must be constructed in 12 months.

• Heard a report from Tourism Director Pam Cox, who discussed the county’s participation in the statewide “50 Years of Love” campaign. The largest event to be held in the county during the campaign — Love Rocks — will happen in Gate City on July 27. The 1969-themed event will feature a hippie costume contest, various vendors and a cruise-in car show.

• Clarified the machinery and tools tax, which was increased for this fiscal year. County Administrator Freda Starnes said that tax applies only to businesses with manufacturing equipment, not citizens who have farming equipment.

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