Simpsonville, Cardinal club make environmental deal

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By Steve Doyle

The City of Simpsonville has entered into an agreement with The Cardinal Club on an initiative that will improve the environment.

The commission gave approval at its bimonthly meeting Wednesday morning to provide so-called “gray water” to the club for irrigation. The golf course had been using clean drinking water from the West Shelby Water District to water its fairways and greens.

West Shelby approved the arrangement at its monthly meeting on Thursday morning.

This system is used at many golf courses, including Weissinger Hills in Shelbyville, to maintain consistent growth during dry periods and o allow the use of more sensitive grasses.

“When the place was built 10 years ago, they looked at pursuing the effluent system,” said Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden, who also is an employee of West Shelby. “They couldn’t afford it. But after the two dry summers we had, the water was getting expensive, so they decided to do it.”

Eden said Thursday he estimates the club was pumping 300,000 to 400,000 gallons of clean water a day.

Because of his conflict, Eden recused himself from discussion and voting at the meeting.

The city expects a slight increase in revenue from the venture.


Drainage repairs complete

Eden reported that the installation of a new drainpipe along Lakeshore and Cardinal Drives is nearly complete, lacking only grass seed and trimmings.

The pipe was installed because of flood problems for homes along Cardinal Drive, Veechdale Road and Lakeshore Drive.

“We just need a big rain to test it,” he said.


New deal with school

The city amended its contract with Our Lady of Guadalupe School, which rents the old school buildings located at the community center. The school’s enrollment is down to 37 students, City Administrator David Eaton said.

“We will lower the rent by $300 per month and basically charge them for the nine months they are using the facility,” Eaton said. “They were paying year-round rent.”

Said Eden: They’re not going to use the gym as much, so we don’t have to pay for heating and lighting it.”

The school’s contract with the city ends in 2010.

Sewer system bid let

The city approved the recommendation of its sewer board to award a bid to build a new pump station near Purnell’s Sausage plant to Bowen Excavating. The cost will be $80,153.75, and it was significantly less than the other bids.

“I want it to be clear that this station is not for Purnell’s. We just call it that because it’s located near their property,” Eden said.


Flood plain approval

Commissioners passed a referendum approving the designating of a flood plain in some areas of the city. This measure allows affected homeowners to go to their insurers and request flood insurance.

Public Works Director Brian Romine said only a few homes along Old Veechdale Road are affected. “It’s just those below the dam of the old lake, not many houses,” he said.


Other items

§       The connection of the Whitney Young Job Corps Center to the city’s sewer plant is virtually complete. Romine said only a few details remain for it to go online.

§       Tourism Executive Director Katie Fussenegger updated commissioners on  plans to market Simpsonville. She showed them the new logo that lists Simpsonville along with Shelbyville and Shelby County. Commissioners expressed their gratitude to her.

§       The city has acquired and is about to install a new salt spreader to supplement the one it has. This one is a more modern construction that should improve the city’s ability to treat streets this winter, Eden said.

§       A special called meeting of the city’s Sewer Commission is set for this morning at 8 to consider a change order in the Whitney Young Sewer Project.