JENKINSVILLE — A different tone was set as the Jenkinsville Water Company handled a light agenda at its February meeting, than the company showcased at times in spring of 2012.
The two new members on the board agreed to work in a spirit of cooperation rather than hostility with angry feelings. They encouraged the others to do so as well and to promote transparency.
New member Cliff Howard requested new members be given copies of the constitution and bylaws, a request President Gregory Ginyard granted. Former board member Tony Taffar volunteered to continue to maintain the company website. The company made him an honorary member so he could continue to perform those duties.
In JWC business with leaks and repairs:
One Jenkinsville Water Company member appealed for lenience on a bill because he no longer lived in the property where a meter was placed. James Green is to check that meter to see if there is a malfunction or leak and then the matter with be addressed.
Leaks and repairs included work on the Clowney Road Well which had a bad control panel. Ginyard did troubleshooting and said he met with a representative from the company McCalls who then backed up his assessment.
The company charged the mileage and service fee but did not charge for the panel itself since there was no recent storm damage and the well had been in for just 18 months.
That represented an $1800 savings for the company, but the replaced parts do not have a warranty on them going forward. Water from Mid-County Water Company helped supplement losses from that well being offline for repairs. Well 13 also had repairs made to its telemeter.
The company faces a potentially complex situation with a leak that is underneath Highway 215. The leak comes from the 6-inch line which ties into a 300,000 gallon tank. Green said he saw no casing when he examined the line where the 2.5-inch line feeds into a 6-inch line.
Rather than valve off the problem, Green and Ginyard said it should be fixed using 8-inch pipe and they called in the Rass Company to do the repair so that it would be done without disturbing the highway, as that was out of the realm of expertise of the company employees.
During the financial report, secretary Lori Smith emphasized the company balance sheet showed a negative $1,972 in depreciation as of Dec. 31, but that was not a fund loss for the company. Ginyard said the company needed to create a fund to offset the depreciation but that progress had been slowed because funds had to instead be directed to paying fines the company incurred from DHEC for a late boil water notice in July 2012.
Ginyard anticipates even less water needing to be purchased from Mid-County in 2013. In 2012 he noted the amount dropped from around 60,000 gallons to 33,000 gallons. He commended the office staff and billing staff for the great job they are doing. There were no complaints about anyone or any employee, said Ginyard.