East Lee Pedestrian II Project (East Lee II)
The town received the final allocation of committed fund of $389,867 of the estimated $487,334 cost for to the East Lee II Project. When completed this will be the final leg that will connect Main Street with the Farmers Market and the Old High School and Library. The first phase included sidewalk between North Pine Avenue and Chestnut Avenue. It also included a sidewalk from the Highway 11 to the Library/Old High School area.
The Town is responsible for 20% of this cost and has budgeted this estimated percentage for the engineering cost for fiscal year 2020-21. Interviews for an engineering firm will be conducted and hopefully secure by the end of this calendar year, have the design done over the winter, and be in a position to bid out the project in the spring or summer of 2021
Sewer System Evaluation Study (SSES) by Hurt and Proffitt
The SSES will identify areas of Infiltration and inflow into the sewer system. This runs up operational costs, including electrical costs, taxes the machinery of the plant and causes overflows that can be environmentally taxing.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) granted the $67,500 on the $90,000 project or 75%. The Town’s match was to have been 25% or $22,500. It had been budgeted at $10,000, but a grant was applied for funding through the Mt. Rogers Water and Wastewater fund. The PDC is covered the $22,500 match so the Town will have no matching requirement. The project will however result in a lot of staff in-kind and consulting work as the project moves forward.
According to the H&P proposal, they will conduct the study by utilizing smoke testing, flow monitoring, camera investigation and reviewing of Town records. They propose to complete the project by June. If funding comes from construction sources in the future, the completion of this SSES Study will put the Town in good standing to compete for this funding.
The times and location of regularly scheduled board meetings are as follows:
Second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the council chambers
325 East Lee Highway Chilhowie VA 24319
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
The Town of Chilhowie will discontinue usage of the Community Room, the Old High School and the Town Park facilities until further notice.
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Town of Chilhowie, Virginia Incorporated 1913
The Town of Chilhowie (pop. 1,827) is a small commercial center and residential community located along both modern and historic routes of travel in Southwest Virginia. From its earliest days as the site of a historically important stagecoach inn, to its current role as the Gateway to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Chilhowie has always been a community in which travelers are welcome and visitors are made to feel at home.