Bill Tate has seen the Town of Hillsville improve vastly during his nearly two decades serving on the Hillsville Town Council.
The Sulphur Springs District Councilman hopes the community will continue to show confidence in him to serve four more years during the Hillsville Town Election on May 1. Tate, who served as Hillsville’s Mayor from 2008-2012 and has spent 18 years total on Hillsville Town Council, faces a challenge this year from Barry Jessup in the election.
“We have accomplished a lot in the last four years and I would like to see all the activities continue and to improve such as Safe Halloween, our cruise-ins, the Chili Cookoff, and the parades that we host,” Tate said. “One of our biggest goals right now is our water, replacing the water lines. We have the money and everything is ready to go. The only thing we are waiting on is getting the easements and bids and then we are ready to start, hopefully this year.”
Tate also is excited about the Hillsville Farmers’ Market that began in 2017, and believes it will improve this year as well. In addition to the replacement of many of the town’s water lines, Tate is also proud that Hillsville has received nearly $2.5 million in grant funds and low-interest loans over the past four years. All in all, he believes the town is in great shape right now.
“I have seen a lot of improvement over the past 18 years. We have a great office crew at Town Hall. They are real smart and they are doing a good job,” Tate said. “Everybody is doing a good job – the police department, maintenance and public works, sanitation, water and sewer, all of them are doing well. The town is in good shape and I am also pleased we will have no tax increase in the coming year.”
A member of Victory Way Baptist Church, Tate also served on the local rescue squad for eight years and on the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department for a few years. He was employed by Sprague Electric for 25 years and worked with his wife Mabel for about 20 years at Hillcrest Florist and Bridal Shop before retiring. Bill and Mabel have two kids and four grandchildren.
“The biggest thing I want people to know is everything is already in place for the updated water lines. And that infrastructure is so important for a town and for its growth,” Tate said.
Over the past four years, the Town of Hillsville has continued to improve the infrastructure and operation of the water distribution system. During this time, the town’s existing hydraulic model has been revised using updated water distribution system mapping. The recommended improvements that have been done or are in the works will improve areas of low pressure, increase available fire flows, expand fire protection, increase effective storage, improve efficiency, and increase reliability in the distribution system.
The recommended improvements to the Town of Hillsville water distribution system that have been completed or are in the works are as follows:
• West Stuart Drive – construct approximately 3,700 linear feet of 8-inch water line along West Stuart Drive from West Grayson Street to Main Street and reconnect existing customers.
• Veteran Street – Replace approximately 700 linear feet of existing 6-inch water line with 6-inch water line along Veteran Street between West Stuart Drive and Cranberry Street and reconnect existing customers.
• Upland Street – Replace existing 2-inch water lines with approximately 4,000 linear feet of 6-inch water lines along Upland Street, Hillcrest Street, Locust Street and franklin Street and reconnect existing customers.
• Victory Lane – Replace approximately 1,400 linear feet of existing 2-inch water line with 6-inch water lines along Victory Lane and Red Bud Drive and reconnect existing customers.
• Center Street – Replace existing ¾-inch and 2-inch water lines with approximately 700 linear feet of 6-inch water line along Center Street between Water Street and Cherry Street and reconnect existing customers.
• Evergreen Street – Replace approximately 1,400 linear feet of existing 2-inch water line with 6-inch water line along Evergreen Street and reconnect existing customers.
• East Grayson Street – Construct approximately 250 linear feet of 6-inch water line to connect an existing 6-inch water line along East Stuart Drive to an existing 10-inch water line along East Grayson Street.
• Lyons Circle – Replace existing 2-inch water lines with approximately 2,300 linear feet of 6-inch water line along Lyons Circle, continuing back to South Main Street, and reconnect existing customers.
• South Main and Archa Street – Construct approximately 1,800 linear feet of 6-inch water line along South Main Street between Archa Street and Bohon Street and reconnect existing customers.
• Residential Meter Relocation – Reconnect existing customers located on parallel water lines in the areas described:
a. Akers Avenue – Reconnect potentially up to 11 customers
b. Forest Drive – Reconnect approximately 13 customers
c. North Main Street at Beaver Dam Road – Reconnect approximately nine customers
d. Edgewood Drive – Reconnect potentially up to nine customers
e. Harmon Street – Reconnect approximately six customers
f. North Main Street at Davis Avenue – Reconnect approximately four customers
g. North Main Street at Jett Street – Reconnect approximately five customers
h. West Grayson Street – Reconnect approximately six customers
i. Carrollton Pike – Reconnect approximately 11 customers
j. Howlett Street – Reconnect approximately 11 customers
k. South Main Street at Lyons Circle – Reconnect approximately seven customers
l. Chinquapin Trail – Reconnect approximately five customers
The plans also include to upgrade approximately 1,200 existing water meters with a radio-read system and to install leak detection meters.
Hillsville has also received nearly $2.5 million in grant funds and low interest loans over the past four years. Those funds include: $10,000 grant for Farmers’ Market Feasibility Report, $45,500 Garbage Truck Grant and $175,000 low interest federal loan, $23,100 Police Vehicles Grant and $42,900 low interest loan, $8,500 Water Meter Replacement Grant for Archa Street, $1,000 Recycling Grant, $2,000 Letter Prevention Grant, $25,000 Water Improvement Planning Grant, Snow Equipment $38,825 low interest federal loan and $20,825 grant, $46,200 Police Vehicles Grant, $5,000 Preliminary Engineering Report Sewer Grant, $3,000 Sewer Environmental Report Grant, Wastewater Generator (two grants of $50,000 each), Virginia Department of Health Water Treatment Planning Grant of $35,000 and Construction Grant of $373,450 and low interest loan of $1,069,358, Wastewater Treatment Improvements zero percent interest loan of $180,910, Police Vehicle Grant of $10,500, Wastewater Generator Grant of $25,000, Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant of $1,572 and $1,515, Virginia Tourism Grant of $2,500, Fancy Gap Sewer Grant of $50,000 and Farmers Market Grant of $35,000 for a total of $2,343,877.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN