Gilbert-Hanover water project moves forward | New
After more than two decades of various attempts to provide clean drinking water to Hanover, Wyoming County officials believe the current project will finally move forward.
Commission chairman Jason Mullins said a $ 1 million grant from the US Army Corps of Engineers Section 340 program lays the foundation for the additional funding needed for the $ 7.6 million project.
“This is a big step – a big step – for this project,” said Mullins. “I am simply delighted with this announcement.
“It shows real promise. We are sure that the rest of the funding will come now, ”he said.
“This is a great sign for this project,” said Mike Goode, Wyoming County Administrator. “This will allow us to get started. “
“Ensuring West Virginia’s access to clean drinking water is essential for our communities,” US Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., said in a prepared press release. “For years, I have worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers to revitalize our state’s water and sanitation systems, locks and dams, and other water resource infrastructure.
“Every West Virginia and America deserves clean water to drink and fresh air to breathe,” noted US Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va. “I am pleased that the US Army Corps of Engineers continues to invest in drinking water projects in West Virginia.
“Last year I advocated increasing the amount of funds allowed for Section 340, Southern West Virginia Environmental Infrastructure Program and I was proud to see it included in the Development Act. of water resources which was enacted in December. can continue in the mountain state, ”Manchin said.
Previously, the only funding committed for the Hanover project was $ 40,000 from the Wyoming County Commission, according to Eric Combs, of the Region I Planning and Development Council.
The proposed additional funding consists of an application filed for a HUD community development block grant, an application filed for a Distressed Counties Grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission of $ 2 million, a grant from the Economic Development Administration $ 2 million, a grant from the Infrastructure Development and Employment Council in West Virginia of $ 500,000, and a loan from the Infrastructure Development and Employment Council in West Virginia. West Virginia of $ 675,000, Combs explained.
The proposed Hanover project will be completed in phases and will be served by the Justice water supply system, which purchases treated water from Gilbert, Combs said.
Both are part of the Mingo County Utility District, which will oversee the Gilbert-Hanover Water Extension Project.
The Justice water system and Gilbert’s water plant will need to be upgraded to serve the 215 new Wyoming County customers in the expansion project, officials said.
“The Region II Planning and Development Council is the lead administrator for this project, with Region I assisting in the joint venture between the Wyoming and Mingo County Commissions,” Combs explained.
Mingo County is part of Region II, while Wyoming County is part of the Region I Planning and Development Council.
The first phase will bring the Mingo County Line project to Godfrey’s Corner in Hanover.
New clients will include Huff Consolidated Elementary and Middle School as well as the Corps’ RD Bailey Lake and Wildlife Management Area.
“The construction is to consist of approximately 9.17 miles of water pipes 10 inches and less in diameter, a booster station, two water storage tanks, valves and related fixtures,” Combs said.
In 2019, the Hanover residents income survey was completed.
Additionally, letters of support were obtained from the Wyoming County Board of Education, the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department, and the Corps of Engineers, attesting to the need for a public water supply system in the area.
For nearly two decades, county officials launched several projects to bring water to the Hanover and Coal Mountain areas as well as North Spring and Ikes Fork, including an initial plan to serve the entire region with water from RD Bailey Lake.
Despite the efforts of various county officials over the years, the myriad of plans have been scrapped for different reasons and the areas involved in that original plan have now been separated to be part of several ongoing water projects at various stages of development. development.
“This commission is dedicated to providing water throughout the county,” Mullins said. “This grant is a big step towards the finalization of this project. “