Local, county and state officials met Friday afternoon to conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for Huttonsville's nearly $12 million water treatment plant project.
Steve Wamsley, the Huttonsville Public Service District chairman, led the ceremony at Mill Creek Fire Department. He spoke to area public officials alongside Lynn Phillips, who represented Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Peggy Hawse, who represented U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, and Craig Burns, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development area director.
"It's a big project that's going to affect a lot of people down the road," Steve said, discussing the impact of the treatment plant on the area.
"The community needs a good source of water, and I think we've got it," he said.
Phillips extended the praise and congratulations of Tomblin.
"(Tomblin) would like to thank all people who are involved," Phillips said. "Today's groundbreaking set an excellent model for (all West Virginia communities)."
"I have no doubt it will be a huge success," he said.
Hawse also congratulated all those involved in the project while speaking for Manchin.
"This is truly a great event for the Huttonsville community," Hawse said.
"I thank the engineers, community members and those who have made this possible," he said.
Burns talked about the more technical measures considered in the project, including the fact that Huttonsville will be able to fulfill its own needs for water.
"This particular project is really going to help the area," he said.
A USDA press release mentions that there are 1,130 current customers in the PSD's service area. When the project is complete, 49 new customers will be added to that list.
The press release states the total cost for the project as $11,995,000.
A certificate of appreciation was presented from the USDA to the PSD at Friday's ceremony. The plaque lists $4,975,000 in loan funds and $2,135,000 in grant funds which have been made available for the project from USDA Rural Development.
Additional funds for the project have been provided by the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, the press release states.
Wamsley said construction on the project will not begin until February. He said Famco will be building the plant, Mid-Atlantic Construction will be building the water tank and J.F. Allen will be putting together the new water lines.
Counting from the first day of construction, Famco will have 390 days to complete their portion of the project, Wamsley said. Mid-Atlantic and J.F. Allen will have 240 days.
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