Smithfield sports complex hits sewer line snag

hismith@dailypress.com

Sewer line plans for the Joseph Luter Jr. Sports Complex have hit an obstacle that could take up to a year to resolve, though it won't foil the timeline for the complex's opening date, according to Smithfield Mayor Carter Williams.

The town's parks and recreation committee will discuss removing the sewer line construction from its contract with RAD Sports, which is building the more than $2 million complex. Williams said the Virginia Department of Transportation is requiring a right-hand turning lane at the entrance of the complex, and is requiring the sewer line to run underneath the lane. RAD Sports cannot begin the sewer line extension until the right-hand turning lane plans are approved by VDOT, Williams said. This will take more than a couple of months, possibly up to a year, the mayor said.

Because VDOT must approve the lane plans, the town will discuss removing the sewer lane plans from the contract until the plans are approved, Williams said. This would reduce the construction price from $2.6 million to $2.5 million, according to a change order by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Williams said this will not affect the complex's opening date. The project, whose construction began in recent weeks, is set to be completed within a year. If the sewer line is not finished when the rest of the complex is ready, the town would pump sewage from the site and haul it away until lines are set up, Williams said.

"We're still going to open the facility as soon as we have it ready," Williams said. "We're not going to let the sewer hold it up."

Applicants wanted for IW School Board

Isle of Wight School Board is accepting letters of interest until Jan. 10 to fill a vacant seat.

Robert Eley, the board's vice chairman, has resigned. Eley, who has served on the board for six years, said his job has been flexible over the years, but things have recently become busier. Eley works at Concrete Ready Mix Inc. based in Winton, North Carolina.

Eley said he wanted to be able to serve the schools in full capacity, but no longer has the time to do so.

"He was a well-respected board member and we hated to lose him," said Julia Perkins, School Board chairwoman.

Perkins said she and other board members had heard Eley talk about leaving, but didn't think he was serious. However, Perkins is confident the board won't have a problem filling the spot.

"Obviously we're very anxious to fill the vacancy, and I think there are a lot of good candidates in the Carrsville District and we're certainly looking forward to hearing from a lot of them."

All submissions should be mailed to Tracey Reutt, School Board Clerk 820 West Main Street in Smithfield, VA 23430. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 10 by 4:30 p.m.

Smith can be reached by phone at 757-510-1663.

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