The Jenkinsville Water Company held its monthly meeting to discuss water usage and several appeal cases with regard to leak adjustments.
Present were Joseph McBride, Greg Ginyard, James McConnell, Aquilla O’Neal and Lori Smith.
Early in the meeting, Ginyard explained an increase in gallons purchased from Mid-County during the July-August reporting period.
A tree fell onto the telemetry tower. That damage interfered with communications systems and caused water to overflow on that tank.
The incident occurred on a weekend when Ginyard was out of town. Gerald Smith called to tell the company of the tank running over.
At that point Ginyard called Jenkinsville Water Systems Operation James Green to check about the valves and make sure the problem was not with the tank.
On that Sunday, Green shut down the valves, including the valve that was left open due to communication and control damage keeping it from closing.
Green, McConnell and Ginyard cut up a three foot tree that blew over at its roots and the rebuilt the electrical system at a cost savings to the company. They used in-house labor and only had to buy parts for the repair, according to Ginyard.
Resident Larry Thompson requested a new water meter. He stated he had a $280 water bill but that the water to the home was actually turned off. He said there were no leaks and that he cut the water off each night.
Green will check to see about the meter and if the readings are in line with the situation. If needed, the company agreed that a new meter could be provided.
Thompson also is eligible for a leak adjustment on his bill since he has had no leak incident within the last 12 months.
He is to contact the board to ask for relief on that matter and to have them put in a work order to check his meter.
When asked about Jenkinsville Water Company’s absence from a county council meeting regarding the creation of a Fairfield County Water Authority, Ginyard said that he could not speak for the board but that he personally was not in favor of joining the authority. He said the board is still discussing its options but that it is doing so in executive session.
He noted that in order to participate in the authority Jenkinsville Water Company would have to give up its nonprofit status, something he does not feel should be done.
Mid-County Water Company, from whom Jenkinsville buys some of its water, was at the meeting and its representatives are strongly considering joining, though they have not formally made a decision as of yet.
Ginyard disputed the claim that Mid-County supplies Jenkinsville Water Company with a majority of its water instead asserting that 90 percent of the water for Jenkinsville is produced by the Jenkinsville Water Company.
He cited the monthly well production report for August as proof of the way the percentages broke down.
Total production from Jenkinsville wells for August 2012 was 3,892,120 gallons and an additional 1,032,000 gallons were purchased from Mid-County.
That percentage is less than 75 percent of the water being produced by Jenkinsville for that month but Ginyard attributed the increase to the damaged telemeter.
The board went into executive session to discuss contractual, personnel and legal matters. No action was taken in executive session.
In other news for July, the financial report showed the well and motor were replaced in pump 13 and the sump pump in Winnsboro had to be put in the shop and repaired.
Another expense was an addition 15 percent in water testing related to a July positive test for E. Coli bacteria and total coliform.
Data Resources was required to pull the samples to comply with added monitoring the S.C. Department of Health and Environmenta Control required after the violation occurred.
Ginyard reported that all water is clean now.
Secretary Lori Smith commented that the company has done a good job with keeping expenses down. She said sales are back up, though specific numerical renderings for the increased sales were not presented at the meeting.
The balance sheet showed $4,433,921.62 in fixed assets with $2,192,245.80 in cumulative depreciation for $2,543,296 in total assets. The company as $2,533,296.31 in total liabilities and equities.
The July financial report was accepted 5-0 vote.