MILFORD — The Caroline County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract for phase two of the Dawn community wastewater project. Work could begin in February.
The supervisors voted unanimously at their Jan. 22 meeting to award a contract for $651,375 to Franklin Mechanical Contractors of Kilmarnock, the low bidder.
B.J. Carrier, the project manager for the contractor, said work would probably start in mid-February and be completed by August.
The project still is haunted by a shortage of money, but a consultant assured the supervisors that he will secure additional funds. Eldon James, the consultant who is coordinating the project, will continue to seek additional grants and reported that he is pursuing four additional sources of funding.
The project will provide public sewer service to about 29 homes in the community provided additional funding is secured. The area is served by a decentralized wastewater treatment system that was constructed in the first phase of the project, which also included rehabilitating some substandard homes.
The 29 homes are located mainly west of U.S. 301, primarily along Gregory Road and Concord Road close to Frog Level. In addition to installing main sewer lines and connecting homes, pumps would be installed near each house.
The project calls for installing 10,000 feet of main line, but so far there is only funding for about 8,000 feet.
Supervisor Reginald Underwood has made it clear that all 29 homes must be connected to the project. “You know my position on this,” he told James.
“You gave us a challenge and we accepted,” said James, who assured the supervisors that no additional county funds will be needed for the project.
The county has recently received another $24,000 toward the project from the state Department of Environmental Quality, the Southeast rural Community Assistance Project, and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation. However, the project is still about $64,000 short of funding.
Phase one of the project, which cost $2.8 million in federal, state and county funds, provided public sewer service to 186 homes and businesses, most of them east of U.S. 301. The decentralized wastewater treatment system began operating in 2008.
The area has poor soil conditions, and malfunctioning septic tanks and drain fields are common.