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Special James City County Board of Supervisors Meeting Regarding Jolly Pond Dam

Date: December 29, 2008
Contact: Steven W. Hicks, Manager of Development Management

Phone: (757) 253-6674


A special Town Hall Meeting regarding the Jolly Pond Dam Alternatives Analysis Study will be held on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the D.J. Montague Elementary School Cafeteria, 5380 Centerville Road.


Results of the study and options needed to maintain a Conditional Operation and Maintenance Certificate required for Jolly Pond Dam to remain open to the public will be available for review at the special meeting organized by Board of Supervisors member Jim Icenhour, Powhatan District.


The study was conducted by the Timmons Group, a consultant hired by the County, and the results were shared with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)


Representatives from James City County, DCR and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be available to answer questions.  For more information call 253-6674.



Jolly Pond Dam is required to be maintained to prevent unreasonable threats to life and property owners and be within compliance of the Code of Virginia, Dam Safety Act, (Section 10.1-604) and the regulations promulgated by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.  Jolly Pond Dam is an earthen impoundment which contains Jolly Pond and serves as the road base for the Jolly Pond Road (State Route 633).  Jolly Pond is approximately 53 acres in surface area, and is privately owned.  James City County is leasing Jolly Pond Dam.


Currently, Jolly Pond Dam is not in compliance and is listed in the State’s Dam Inventory, Number 09509, as a Class II Conditional Operation and Maintenance Certificate (Certificate) which is to expire January 31, 2009. Should an extension not be granted past January 31, 2009 based on JCC’s action plan and recommendations, VDOT will have no alternative but to close the roadway.  The anticipated road closure would be March 1, 2009.


The Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board approved an extension to Jolly Pond’s certificate to provide JCC time to complete an engineering analysis to determine potential alternatives for JCC to develop a plan of action to support the State’s decision to operate Jolly Pond Dam under a Certificate. The Jolly Pond Dam Study was initiated by JCC to identify and evaluate possible approaches for renovations required by the Certificate for the Jolly Pond Dam.


JCC contracted with Timmons Group to evaluate the spillway capacity of the dam, indentified and addressed the scope of needed dam upgrade and repair work, and suggested engineering approaches in terms of temporary, intermediate, and long term solutions. The temporary and intermediate measures were intended to serve as viable approaches to address the most critical aspects of compliance at the dam; whereas, the long term solutions would require a significant amount of funding, planning, data collection, engineering, and construction.


Though JCC cannot currently afford to adopt a immediate solution due to limited funding to the State’s road allocations, JCC is willing to take steps toward corrective measures suggested in the study prepared by Timmons Group which are: increased monitoring by a professional engineer, an emergency action plan requiring conditional closure of Jolly Pond Road, and prevention of sunny day failure caused by the existing seepage.


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