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Mathews supervisors address Hole in the Wall septic issue

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors voted at its Sept. 22 meeting to move forward with a plan that could solve the problems with the septic system at the county-owned Hole in the Wall restaurant property on Gwynn’s Island.By a 4-1 vote, supervisors authorized county staff to work with the health department to determine if an alternative NextGen system would be an appropriate solution to the problem. It would be a pilot project.

The county has been dependent on regular septic pump-outs at the property, and the NextGen system was the recommended option out of three presented to the board by County Administrator Mindy Conner. The options presented were:

1. The NextGen system, with a cost of $47,300 plus engineering and installation fees projected to be under $20,000; 2. A traditional repair to the existing drain field in the top 12 inches of the ground, bringing in another 8” to 10” of fill on top at a cost of $77,100 plus parking lot repair; 3. Direct discharge, with an equipm...

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