MOUNT VERNON — The Reserves is getting ready for its first residents, said Knox County Wastewater superintendent Ron Simpson to the board of commissioners Thursday morning. The housing development, which Simpson said has been officially renamed The Reserves at Apple Valley, had suffered delays over the winter as a number of regulatory issues were worked out with the county, but the project was in the process of clearing its final hurdles Tuesday.
The Reserves received approvals on its bond, its storm water permit and its construction drawings at Tuesday evening’s Regional Planning Commission meeting, according to County Commissioner and RPC board member Allen Stockberger. The developers have already paid $45,000 in impact fees and are waiting for installation of meters by the county.
Simpson said that he quoted purchase and installation of the final 8-inch meter to The Reserves at $19,148. The manufacturer, however, is two months out from delivering the meter. Simpson said that at the developers’ request, he will install regular, individual unit water meters temporarily so that pending residents can start moving in. These meters will be removed when the 8-inch meter is ready.
Simpson and the commissioners reviewed Tuesday night’s public meeting with Apple Valley residents regarding the updates to the Little Jelloway Wastewater Treatment Plant. One thing which Simpson asked about, which the commissioners confirmed, is that the plan to add Amity to the Apple Valley wastewater system has been abandoned.
“There’s just too much going on right now and not enough funding to support it at this time,” said Robert Wise, president of the board of commissioners.
Simpson also reported that he is waiting on price quotes for a sewer main rehabilitation in the area of Lakeview Heights Drive in Apple Valley, where a noticeable quantity of lake water is infiltrating the wastewater drainage pipes. He is also getting three quotes for a 180-kilowatt generator for the Howard water system’s well head. He also said that grass seeding was being done today around the new water storage tank at Apple Valley in anticipation of rain.