The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) in its July 16 regular meeting, approved a CIP budget to allow for the purchase of a skid steer.

According to BRWA Director of Finance Jill Underwood, the BRWA did not allocate all of its available funds for projects this year, as well as some remaining funds from last year. About $200,000 was left over from last year and about $703,000 has been used this year of the $800,000 available.

Underwood said that the CIP crew currently has some water and sewer construction projects that they’re currently working on, as well some projects coming up for them.

“This piece of equipment would make their jobs a lot easier,” Underwood said. “It would make it easier so they wouldn’t have to take the dump truck on site.”

According to board member Brian Key, there are currently two rubber tire loaders, the larger of which is a large farm tractor, which are anticipated to be used for capital projects.

“When you fill it with dirt that’s taken out of a ditch, the dirt that’s coming out weighs so much that you have to have counter weight on the back,” Key said. “It takes a huge amount of space to turn that back of fourth and a lot of time on the shuttle drive. With a skid steer, you can quickly turn it around, scoop the dirt and dump it in the truck.”

-For more information, see the July 24 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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