EDA authorizes stormwater spending

Published 9:39 pm Monday, October 14, 2019

The Economic Development Authority recently authorized spending $120,000 for stormwater repairs on the Hilton Garden Inn property in downtown Suffolk.

The authority, by a 5-0 vote Wednesday, voted in favor of the proposal.

Half of the money will go to maintain a storm pond on the east side of the property, and the other half will be used to repair a cracked underground storm pipe on the west side of the property, according to Economic Development Director Kevin Hughes.


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Hughes said he received word from the Public Works Department of the need for such work on the east side of the property due to changing regulations with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.

“The latest (regulations) have kicked in, and so, we need to go out there and maintain it,” Hughes said.

There is vegetation on the east side that needs to come down, he said, and on the west side with the cracked storm pipe, Hughes said there will likely be utility issues that will drive up the cost of that work.

With $541,661 in the hotel account, Hughes said there is plenty of money to handle the work, even though there was originally just $12,000 budgeted for work at the hotel in the current fiscal year.

He said the lower budgeted amount was because at the time, he was anticipating only having to do light property maintenance since the EDA has had the property for at least 15 years.

But with the money in the account, Hughes said the work needed to be done. The EDA receives rent on the property in addition to receiving a public facilities tax rebate from the state.

Hughes said he would provide an update to the authority once the work is complete.