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INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grange Hollow Road will have to wait until bids are received to see if they will be included in the new water system from the Town of Troutdale to the new school being built in the western end of Grayson County.
During a special called meeting Jan. 20, County Administrator Bill Ring recommended the board pursue Option 1 — a direct line from the Town of Troutdale to the school along Virginia 16 — out of three possible projects to bring water to the new school, with an addendum to possibly include the extra loop to serve Grange Hollow residents along the way.
Option 1's cost was estimated at $865,400.
Ring said the mayor and town council of Troutdale were very interested in extending their water system and were willing to negotiate a price for the water.
With the addendum attached, supervisors could see exactly how much it would cost to add the loop, as well as have time to talk with Grange Hollow residents to get an accurate idea of how many people would be interested in attaching to the line.
“There are about 20 homes on the loop,” Ring told the board. “Some of those people have expressed interest in hooking up.”
Supervisors' Chairman Mike Maynard liked the idea of attaching the addendum.
“It shows us other options,” Ring said of the addendum. “Such as whether we could implement a self-help system out there, or there may be some low- to moderate-income homes in that area. It appears this is a very doable system and I can't see a downside to this. I see the positives, but no negatives.”
Ring added that there are potential building sites along the loop, which could give further possibilities for potential customers.
Supervisor Doug Carrico motioned to have the bid documents prepared, with the loop as an addendum. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Brenda Sutherland and passed unanimously.
Ring added that community interest meetings would be held prior to the deadline for the bids, to get an idea of the number of people interested.
“We need someone out there knocking on doors,” said Vice Chairman Larry Bartlett. “What I'm really after is the loop... That's the numbers I'm after.”
Maynard noted that it would be easy to hold a community meeting at the Grange building and have all the residents of the loop attend.
Sutherland added that after a meeting was held, they would know who hadn't attended and then could go back and knock on their doors. “If you had a meeting... out of 20 people, you'd know who you didn't get,” she said.