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Work on sewer project slated to begin in May

April 22, 2011
By Carra Higgins - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

In fewer than two weeks, the Huttonsville Public Service District will begin the sewage line replacement project for which it celebrated and broke ground Thursday afternoon in Mill Creek.

Representatives from the USDA Rural Development, local lawmakers and employees and board members of the Huttonsville PSD marked the occasion with a ceremonial check from the USDA Rural Development for its $2.9 million commitment to the project.

On May 2, Huttonsville PSD workers will begin removing and replacing nearly six miles of antiquated terra cotta sewer lines that were installed in the 1930s. It's estimated that the project, which was designed by Thrasher Engineering, will be finished within a year.

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The Huttonsville Public Service District broke ground Thursday on the project that will replace terra cotta sewage lines in the Dailey, East Dailey and Valley Bend area. Work is scheduled to commence May 2 and be finished within a year. Partaking in the ceremony are from left, Huttonsville PSD board member Gary Morgan, Randolph County Commissioner Chris See, Huttonsville PSD office manager Louise McAtee, Thrasher Engineering project engineer David Watson, Delegate Bill Hartman, D-Randolph, Huttonsville PSD board member Stewart Allen and USDA Rural Development Area II Director Craig Burns.

In 2009, the Huttonsville PSD received a $1,050,000 Rural Development loan, and an $850,000 grant from the government organization. Also that year, Rural Development, with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, awarded a $1 million grant to the PSD to help fund the project. Additional money to replace the sewage lines was provided by the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.

The project totals $5.3 million and will create a better quality of life for approximately 1,600 Huttonsville PSD customers in Dailey, East Dailey and Valley Bend areas.

Craig Burns, USDA Rural Development Area II director, spoke on behalf of USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis.

"Today we not only celebrate the groundbreaking for this sewer project, we also celebrate the hard work and dedication of the PSD folks who were involved," Burns said.

Delegate Bill Hartman, D-Randolph, congratulated and thanked all of those who have been associated with the Huttonsville PSD for its more than 30 years of incorporation.

"Over the years, the improvements that its made in the quality of life for the Tygart Valley is immeasurable," Hartman said.

There have been problems with sewage lines in the Homestead communities, and Hartman said he expects the project will solve many of those issues. Hartman added that he is looking forward to the construction of the water treatment facility at Elkwater Dam, which will provide potable water service to residents in the Valley Head area.

"Keep looking to the future," Hartman told those involved with the PSD.

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