COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Authorize the County Executive to Accept Easements Necessary for Groundwater Monitoring Wells

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution authorizing the County Executive to accept deeds conveying to the County easements and license agreements necessary to fully implement a groundwater monitoring program

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Benish, Swales

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   YES

 

AGENDA DATE:

October 4, 2006

 

ACTION:                                      INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

       ACTION:     X                        INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Groundwater Monitoring Program has been initiated by the County to develop a greater understanding of our groundwater resources.   To obtain groundwater information, the monitoring program requires the strategic location of monitoring wells in the County.  The monitoring wells would be monitored by County staff using County equipment.  Currently, water-table elevations are being measured in three privately owned existing wells. In addition, the Water Protection Ordinance requires that certain subdivision applications include Groundwater Management Plans which may address monitoring efforts by offering well sites for monitoring purposes.  As a result, several potential monitoring well easements are currently in the planning stage.  Easements or licenses will need to be established on the well site properties to allow for the installation and operation of monitoring wells for long-term data gathering and, in many cases, to allow access to the well site.  Currently the Board authorizes the County Executive to accept such easements and agreements on a case by case basis.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 2:  Protect the County’s Natural Resources.

 

DISCUSSION:

The efficiency of County government would be improved by generally delegating the authority to the County Executive to accept deeds of easements and license agreements for groundwater monitoring wells.  A proposed Resolution authorizing the County Executive to accept such deeds and enter into such agreements is attached as Attachment A.  A sample deed of easement is attached as Attachment B.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The authorization will streamline the process and minimize staff resource requirements that would otherwise be required for staff to schedule the authorization for a Board meeting, prepare an executive summary, and then have the Board of Supervisors act on the authorization.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution to authorize the County Executive to accept deeds of easement and to enter into license agreements on behalf of the County necessary for the monitoring of groundwater conditions, provided that the deeds and license agreements are approved as to form and content by the County Attorney.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Resolution

B – Deed of Easement

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