Housing project closer  in Boyce

Posted: November 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

BOYCE — A proposed 24-lot housing development seems poised to move ahead west of Boyce Elementary School after four members of the Clarke County Board of Supervisors appeared satisfied Wednesday with the location of a gravity sewer line.

Ron Mislowsky, of Winchester-based Pennoni Associates Inc. — engineers for developer and property owner William Dean — said the site plan presented to the board showed the easement needed for the line, which is at the southern end of the school property. The line is outside the tree line and required buffer area needed for Roseville Run.

The original plan, Mislowsky said, was to serve the new subdivision — located on the school’s western boundary line — by tying to a sewer main on West Main Street. But a pumping station would have been needed because the 10-acre parcel falls away from the road to the south.

Instead, the Clarke County Sanitary Authority — which manages the sewer utility in Boyce for the county — asked Mislowsky to look into a gravity system, tying to the line serving Roseville Downs, along Roseville Run, east of the school.

Authority member Alexander “Dan” Mackay-Smith wanted the gravity line to spare the utility the cost of maintaining a pump station and backup generator. Using the lift station serving Roseville Downs would help even the flow between the Roseville and Virginia Avenue lift stations.

Pennoni designed the gravity system, with an easement through a playing field behind Boyce Elementary, and Dean offered money for an outside classroom “laboratory” in exchange for the use of the land.

While the School Board originally agreed, Supervisor John Staelin protested in October that an easement so close to the school would preclude any future expansion.

Pennoni then offered a different route, a bit farther south, last month at the authority’s October meeting.

There, authority member Ralph Welliver suggested yet another way to reach the Roseville Downs line, that stayed even farther south on the school lot, which Pennoni adopted.

“This is a much better situation,” said supervisors Chairman Michael Hobert.

Staelin said he had no objection, “as long as (the route) is reasonably close to this.”

If the School Board approves, the development will be presented to the Boyce Planning Commission.

Attending the work session at the Joint Government Center were Chairman Michael Hobert and Supervisors David Weiss, Beverly McKay and John Staelin. Supervisor Barbara Byrd was absent.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com