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James City Joins Hybrid Sewer System Under HRSD

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James City County became the final Historic Triangle locality to opt into a hybrid sewer plan that would allow James City Service Authority to maintain day-to-day control of sewer operations.

The JCSA Board of Directors, made up of the members of the county Board of Supervisors, voted 4-1 Tuesday to support a plan that allows Hampton Roads Sanitation District to take the lead on major improvements on the sewer systems throughout Hampton Roads.

HRSD, in an effort to adhere to state and federal orders to reduce sewer overflows, originally proposed taking over all sewer operations throughout Hampton Roads. HRSD pitched the plan based on a study that showed a regional cost savings of about $1 billion.

Several localities, including York and James City counties and the City of Williamsburg, showed skepticism about surrendering control. A hybrid plan emerged from the localities that addresses those concerns, which included whether the quality of customer service would decline under a regionalized plan. The hybrid plan makes HRSD responsible for meeting the state and federal orders.

“We’re getting the benefit of not having each of our 14 different systems do the same thing,” Supervisor John McGlennon (Roberts) said.

The hybrid plan first came before James City County’s Board of Supervisors at a work session in early February. The supervisors showed skepticism for the plan and were unsure what it could mean for county citizens. The same held true at Tuesday’s meeting.

JCSA Assistant Manager Stephanie Luton told the board Tuesday the hybrid plan would save JCSA customers $32 per year compared with the authority performing the work itself, though the decision to opt in will not decrease a customer’s bill. At the work session earlier this month, Luton told the board James City was facing $80 million in repairs over the next 20 to 25 years to meet the state and federal orders. HRSD will assume responsibility for performing repairs needed under the orders and will take on the responsibility of billing JCSA customers for that work.

Currently, and under the hybrid plan, a JCSA customer will still receive a two-part sewer bill, with one part going to JCSA and another to HRSD; the bill will also continue to include a water charge. The HRSD portion of the bill is expected to increase by an average of $9.17 per month in about 10 years. The bill will slowly increase in the time leading up to the 10-year peak.

The exact increase to a JCSA customer’s bill has not been provided; HRSD bases its fees on consumption, meaning localities that require more service pay more. The district serves about 460,000 customers with JCSA comprising about 22,000 of those.

In order for the hybrid plan to work, all 14 Hampton Roads localities had to opt in — a requirement Supervisor Mary Jones (Berkeley) said was “chilling to hear.”

Ultimately, she and Supervisor Michael Hipple (Powhatan) said their gut feelings were to say no to the plan, but Jones was the only negative vote Tuesday. The board voted 4-1 to join the hybrid system.

At the start of the JCSA meeting Tuesday, HRSD and 10 localities voted to join the plan. The cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake were also slated to consider the item Tuesday. Before the JCSA meeting adjourned, HRSD General Manager Ted Hinifin reported Portsmouth and Norfolk voted to opt in.

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11 Responses to James City Joins Hybrid Sewer System Under HRSD

  1. Henry Hnyellar Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I’m sure those “savings” will be passed on to the taxpayers. NOT.

    “Saving over $1B is icing on the cake.”

    Figures lie and liars figure.

  2. A. Realist Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

    You have to sign the plan BEFORE you really know what is in the plan. Sound familiar? And IF you don’t join you will be ‘hurting all the other little itty bitty cities and counties that want to do this RENAMED, but probably not really changed, ‘thing.’
    What about the statement from EPA that is somehow NO longer puts in these articles andreports: If you do not join the regional plan there will be additional rules and regulations for your community– sounds like a threat to me, and seems like we have sold our ‘freedom’ for promises of LOWER costs — hmm does anyone remember the phrase IF you think healthcare cost is too high , just wait until it’s FREE?
    EPA has gone above and beyond, as far too many federal agencies of late, its intended authority. It is now our ‘master.’ Just wait until they institute more and more regulations and fees and rules which,OOPS, they forgot about or didn’t ‘anticipate’. Do you believe in Santa Claus? and/or were you the one who finally bought that bridge? or drank the Kool-Aid?

  3. Be afraid Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I recently had business on the outskirts of town, near a piece of property that JCC purchased. I noticed a lot of activity, fences being installed, showers being built and large barracks. I was curious, so I hid in the brush and watched for a few days. I was surprised to see various county, state and federal officials lurking and discussing things, their evil plot I’m sure. I believe this is the beginning of our eventual captivity to brainwash us into the Agenda 21 way of thinking. They were installing low flow toilets and showers, solar panels and sewer systems, they even installed energy efficient appliances. I took note of the black helicopters and drones. The extensive listening device was state of the art, they even had hundreds of bicycles I’m sure they are expecting us to ride. I’m afraid, very afraid. Then I went back to hunting rabbits.

    • bs Reply

      February 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

      So correct. And the NSA would never monitor citizens emails or phone calls; and the IRS would never be used to audit organizations with opposing view points; and the President would never ignore the constitution; and the Attorney General would never refuse to uphold the law………………….

  4. PH Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Mary Jones was the lone vote to support the citizens and not bow to EPA et al gestapo method threats. In the longrun, JCC will be the loser in this. Our government at the state level needs to ban the EPA from destroying us with tyrannical rule.

  5. bs Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

    If you care about the Ches-bay this never should have happened. The worst polluter(gov’t/quasi-gov’t/utilities) was allowed to continue. If we did this on our own we would need to fix our system, period. By being blackmailed into this hybrid system, HRSD only need to fix the areas where they “know” there are breaches. Lip service to the environment.
    But one must also ask themselves ‘why is the fed so interested in insuring we have a regional system?’

    • Patriot Reply

      February 26, 2014 at 9:18 am

      If your proclamations are so “correct,” remove your mask and post them with a name attribution. Or, run for public office and let your fellow citizens determine if your opinions have merit.

      • bs Reply

        February 27, 2014 at 5:20 am

        Obviously you didn’t watch the meeting. The cumulative difference between individual systems vs. the regional plan is over 50% on the pollutants into the Bay. This is a real fix for pollution. 300ft buffers, green space, bike paths don’t come close to this kind of improvement. You can go right the Ches. Bay foundation and find out that gov’t/quasi-gov’t and industry are the largest polluters. Don’t forget at the same place you will find that the Susquehanna supplies over 50% of both sedimentary and nutrient runoff that flows into the bay. I use a left-wing-nut-job web site for my facts just so you know I’m not lying.
        In order to be called a Patriot the following order applies: God, Country, Family; otherwise you’re just a Pat.

    • Bob R. Reply

      February 26, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Now the NSA can lurk around the entire region, right up to the bugs in your kitchen sink drain! Hah, hah.

    • PH Reply

      February 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

      BS, YOU ARE 100% CORRECT! Research World Government and Destruction of US Sovereignty, dear citizens, and you will have the answer to why the Fed wants to insure we have a regional system. Tyrannical control – there, I’ve said it.

  6. Right Call Reply

    February 26, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Stephanie Luton did a good job of explaining the many benefits of the hybrid plan. HRSD will do a much better job negotiating with the EPA and performing the work. Saving over $1B is icing on the cake.

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