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Chatham Offiers a New Way to Make Payments PDF Print E-mail

The Town of Chatham announces a new and convenient way for residents to make thier payments. Beginning Febraury 3rd, real estate tax, personal property tax, Town utitlities and ticket/fine payments may be paid online. The Town has contracted with Official Payments, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to offer payment processing over the internet at www.OfficialPayments.com

Visa Discover and Mastercard debit and credit cards are accepted as well as electronic checks. This new service offers customers a fast, easy way to pay online so they can reap the benefits of convenience, cash managment and card card rewards.

 
Chatham Christmas Parade Pictures PDF Print E-mail

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Chatham Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the Town's annual Christmas Parade Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 am. 

 
Delinquent Chatham taxpayers face DMV stops, Treasurer warns PDF Print E-mail

On Nov. 1, the Town of Chatham will begin participating in the Vehicle Registration Withholding (DMV stop) Program as authorized by the Code of Virginia.

Through the DMV stop program, Chatham will ask the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to withhold registration or registration renewals for any taxpayer who owes delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and fees to the town.

Once a DMV stop has been placed on an account, the taxpayer must pay the entire amount due with certified funds (cash, money order, or cashier’s check) to get the stop removed, Clerk-Treasurer Tim Hammell said.

An additional processing fee of $40 per vehicle will be added to any funds owed to the town, Hammell added.

 

 
2012 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report PDF Print E-mail

2012 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

 

Town of Chatham

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for calendar year 2012 is designed to inform you about your drinking water quality.  Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water, and we want you to understand the efforts we make to protect your water supply.  The quality of your drinking water must meet state and federal requirements administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

 

If you have questions about this report, want additional information about any aspect of your drinking water or want to know how to participate in decisions that may affect the quality of your drinking water, please contact:

 

Town of Chatham

Mr. Robert Hanson, Public Works Director

434-432-9515

 

The times and location of regularly scheduled council meetings are as follows:

 

2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM – Town Hall, 16 Court Place, Chatham, VA

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.  Contaminants in source water may be naturally occurring substances or may come from septic systems, discharges from domestic or industrial wastewater treatment facilities, agricultural and farming activities, urban stormwater runoff, residential uses, and many other types of activities.  Contaminants that may be present in source water include: (1) Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. (2) Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. (3) Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. (4) Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. (5) Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

 

Water from surface sources is treated to make it drinkable while groundwater may or may not have any treatment.

 

All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

 

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 

 

SOURCE AND TREATMENT OF YOUR DRINKING WATER

The source of your drinking water is surface water from Cherrystone Creek.

 

Treatment of the raw water consists of chemical addition, coagulation, flocculation, settling, filtration, fluoridation, chlorination and corrosion control.  All of these processes work together to remove the physical, chemical, and biological contaminants to make the water safe for drinking.

 

A source water assessment for the Town of Chatham water supply was conducted during 2002 by the Virginia Department of Health. The source, Cherrystone Creek, was determined to have a high susceptibility to contamination using criteria developed by the state in its approved Source Water Assessment Program.  The assessment report consists of maps showing the source water assessment area, an inventory of known land use activities of concern, and documentation of any known contamination within the last 5 years. The report is available by contacting your water system representative / operator at the phone number or address provided with this drinking water quality report.

 
DEFINITIONS

Contaminants in your drinking water are routinely monitored according to federal and state regulations.  The table below shows the results of this monitoring for the period of January 1st through December 31st,2012.  In the table and elsewhere in this report you will find terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with.  The following definitions are provided to help you better understand these terms:

 

Non-detects (ND)- lab analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present, based on the limits of the analytical equipment used. 

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l)- one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or one penny in $10,000.

 

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter- one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or one penny in $10,000,000.

 

Picocuries per liter (pCi/l)- picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

 

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU)- nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the cloudiness of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

 

Action Level (AL)- the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

 

Treatment Technique (TT)- a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG)- the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

 

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)- the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

 

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) -the level of a drinking water disinfectant below which

there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to

control microbial contaminants. 

 

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDL) -the highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control microbial contaminants.

 

Not Applicable (NA)

 

 

WATER QUALITY RESULTS

We routinely monitor for various contaminants in the water supply to meet all regulatory requirements. The table below lists only those contaminants that had some level of detection.  Many other contaminants have been analyzed but were not present or were below the detection limits of the lab equipment.

 

Contaminant / Unit of Measurement

MCLG

MCL

Level Found / Range

Violation

Date of Sample

Typical Source of Contamination

Microbiological Contaminants

Turbidity

NTU

NA

 

TT= Max 1 NTU

 

Maximum - 0.25

No

Continuous & Every 2 hours in lab

Soil runoff

 

TT=95% of monthly samples must be <0.3 NTU

 

 

Lowest monthly percentage of

samples <0.3  -  100%

Total Coliform Bacteria

0

Presence of coliform bacteria in no more than 1 sample per month

No samples total coliform present

No

Routinely collect

2 per month

Naturally present in the environment

Inorganic Contaminants

Fluoride

ppm

4

4

Highest: 1.5

 

Range: 0.3 to 1.5

No

Daily

Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

Nitrate

ppm

10

10

0.09

No

October 2012

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits

Barium

ppm

2

2

0.016

No

October 2012

Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries

Lead and Copper

Contaminant / Unit of Measurement

MCLG

MCL

Level Found / Range

Violation

Date of Sample

Typical Source of Contamination

Copper

ppm

AL = 1.3

AL = 1.3

0.092 (90thpercent)

Range: <0.02 – 0.24

Of 20 samples collected, none exceeded the AL

No

June-Sept 2012

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

Lead

ppb

AL = 0

AL = 15

41(90thpercentile)

Range: <2 – 54

Of 20 samples collected, five exceeded the AL

Not a violation but did exceed AL

June-Sept 2012

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

 


Organic Contaminants

 

 

Contaminant/Unit of Measurement

MCLG

MCL

Level Found

Violation

Date of Sample

Typical Source of Contamination

 

 

HAA5s

(Total Haloacetic Acids)

ppb

 

N/A

60

(as running 4 quarter ave)

 

Highest 4 Qtr Ave:  42

Range:  21 – 58

 

No

Quarterly 2012

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

TTHMs

(Total Trihalomethanes)

ppb

 

N/A

80

(as running 4 quarter ave)

 

Highest 4 Qtr Ave:  58

Range:  25 – 102

 

No

Quarterly 2012

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

Total Organic Carbon (TOCs)

ppm

 

 

N/A

TT - % removed during treatment; meets when removal ratio ≥1.0

Lowest 4 quarter ave removal ratio - 1.30

 

Range of monthly removal - 1.0 - 1.5

N/A

Monthly

Naturally occurring in the environment

 

 

Chlorine

ppm

MRDLG = 4

MRDL = 4

Highest Quarterly Average - 1.5 mg/L

 

Range:  0.8 – 2.1

No

Monthly at two sites

Water additive used to control microbes

 

 

Radiological Contaminants

 

 

Contaminant / Unit of Measurement

MCLG

MCL

Level Found

Violation

Date of Sample

Typical Source of Contamination

 

 

Combined Radium

pCi/L

0

5

1

No

March 2008

Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

Alpha Emitters

pCi/L

0

15

0.2

No

March 2008

Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

Beta Emitters

pCi/L

0

50

1.8

No

March 2008

Decay of natural and man-made deposits

 

                               

 

The results in the table are from testing done in 2008 through 2012. The state allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data, though representative, is more than one year oldThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets MCLs at very stringent levels.  In developing the standards, EPA assumes that the average adult drinks 2 liters of water each day throughout a 70-year life span.  EPA generally sets MCLs at levels that will result in no adverse health effects for some contaminants or a one-in-ten-thousand to one-in-one-million chance of having the described health effect for other contaminants.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

 

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The Town of Chatham is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 15 to 30 seconds or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (Tel # 1-800-426-4791) or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

 

The lead Action Level (AL) was exceeded during the June to September 2012 sampling period. EPA defines the lead Action Level as 15 ppb. The 90th percentile for the samples collected was 41 ppb, with five of the twenty samples collected exceeding the Action Level. Although exceedance of the lead Action Level does not constitute a violation, it does trigger actions which the Town is required to follow to reduce lead levels and optimize corrosion control treatment. Public education is also required to advise customers of the lead Action Level exceedance in the routine monitoring. The Town completed these public education requirements in October 2012. Also, the Town switched to a different corrosion inhibitor (added at the water treatment plant) which is intended to lower lead levels at customer’s taps. Follow-up monitoring is now required on a 6-month interval. The Town anticipates the next round of monitoring to be completed between April and June 2013. The Town will keep customers updated as to when we are back in compliance.

 

OTHER DRINKING WATER CONSTITUENTS

 

In the compliance samples collected during October 2012, the sodium content was determined to be 19 ppm, which is below the maximum recommended level of 20 ppm by EPA.  The recommended level was established for those individuals on a sodium-restricted diet.  If you have any concerns about the sodium level in your drinking water, you may wish to consult with your physician.  Aluminum was detected at a concentration of 0.10 ppm, which is within the Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level range of 0.05 – 0.2 ppm.  This limit is established to minimize potential aesthetic (color) affects associated with aluminum when above the recommended limit. The manganese concentration was determined to be <0.01 ppm which is below the Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level of 0.05 ppm.  Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral in many surface and ground water sources and in soils that may erode into these waters.  This mineral is not considered a health concern; however, its presence above the Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level can result in aesthetic problems affecting the clarity and taste of the water as well as staining of plumbing fixtures.

 

 
Proposed 2013-2014 Budget PDF Print E-mail

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

The Council of the Town of Chatham will hold a Public Hearing on May 13,2013 at 6:00 PM at the Chatham Fire Station. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed fiscal year 2013-2014 budget for the Town of Chatham.

A summary is as follows:

  

                                                                       REVENUE                                                        EXPENDITURES

 

GENERAL FUND                                     $916,300


 

 

Administrative                                                                                                                               $207,132

Police Department                                                                                                                        $323,204

Fire Department                                                                                                                            $94,600

Parks & Recreation                                                                                                                        $39,902

Streets Department                                                                                                                       $265,528

Cemeteries                                                                                                                                       $53,892

 

 

 

WATER & SEWER FUND              $1,439,900

 

Water Department                                                                                                                          $803,582

Sewer Department                                                                                                                          $568,360

 

 

 

TOTAL BUDGET 2013-2014          $2,356,200                                                             $2,356,200

 

 

 

 

Rates and fees as proposed for the 2013-2014 budget:

 

 

Real Estate Tax Rate

$     0.22

per $100 assessed value

Personal Property Tax Rate

$     4.50

per $100 assessed value

Machinery & Tools Tax

$     2.25

per $100 assessed value

Meals Tax - 5%

 

 

Garbage pickup fees (quarterly):

$   36.00

(Residential)

 

$   39.00

(Commercial)

The fee for a Cemetery plot is

$750.00

 

 

 

Water & Sewer Rates

 

In-Town Water Rate

$     4.75

per 1000 gallons - an increase of $1.18 per 1000 gal.

In-Town Sewer Rate

$     5.90

per 1000 gallons - an increase of $1.16 per 1000 gal.

Out-of-Town Water Rate

$     7.90

per 1000 gallons - an increase of $0.76 per 1000 gal.

Out-of-Town Sewer Rate

$   11.00

per 1000 gallons - an increase of $1.25 per 1000 gal.

 

Complete Budget may be viewed in the Treasurers Office at the Town Hall.

 
Chatham Cruise-In PDF Print E-mail

The popular Chatham Cruise-In's are jointly sponsored by the Virginia-Carolina Chevy Car Club & Chatham First which are slated to resume in April 2013. The events are held on the 4th Saturday of each month from April through October typically starting at 4 pm to approximately 8 pm, depending on daylight & weather conditions. The event attracts usually over 300 classic cars in the downtown area of Chatham where Main Street is blocked & becomes a pleasnt promenade for all who enjoy viewing beautiful automobiles. Plan on attending these events & help support the Town, our businesses & volunteer groups. Admission is free!

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2011 Comprehensive Plan PDF Print E-mail


Acknowledgements

The Town of Chatham 2011 Comprehensive Plan was prepared by the Planning Commission with the input of the citizens of Chatham and Pittsylvania County. The Town council offered their input and adopted the plan on October 17, 2011.

Planning Commission;  

Chairperson - Jayne dePaulo, Secretary- Laura Adcock, Mary Lee Black, Ted Bruning, Elise Finker, Bob Gilbert, Henry Adkins, Jessica Broskie, John Chaney, Jennifer Jones, and Lewis Wall

Town Council;

Mayor- Joseph Rogers, Vice Mayor- Robert Thompson, Alvin Crider, Janet Bishop, William Black, Roy Byrd, Andrew Wall

Staff;

Town Manager: Edmund Giles

Treasurer: David Cothran

Director of Public Works: Robert Hanson

Town Attorney:     Larry Gott

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