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Warren Scott PLANNED PROJECTS – The Brooke County Commission on Friday granted an application for funding from the Brooke County Utility District to continue wastewater treatment systems for potential new businesses in Beech Bottom and about a dozen customers in the Franklin Manor area of ​​Washington Pike. The money will come from $4.2 million in US federal bailout funds given to the county.

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Commission has agreed to provide $567,300 to the Brooke County Utility District to plan a sewer project in Beech Bottom and extend sewer lines to a dozen homes on the state highway 27.

The commissioners, at their meeting on Friday, said the money would come from $4.2 million in US federal bailout funds given to the county for projects involving infrastructure, leaving another $3.6 million. untapped.

The commission agreed to provide $517,300 to the district to connect a dozen residences in the Franklin Manor neighborhood of Route 27, also known as Washington Pike, and Drover’s Inn, a business.

Plans are for new customers to be tied to an existing parcel processing plant.

Jacob Keeney, deputy director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle; said a sewage treatment system serving five businesses in the Beech Bottom industrial park has reached capacity and there are no sewer lines for about 120 BDC-owned acres north of that -this.

He told the commissioners that funds were needed for a study to determine the feasibility of serving this area so that existing businesses in the industrial park can expand and new ones can be attracted to vacant land.

The industrial park was developed from the former Wheeling Corrugating plant by the BDC, which has attracted several diverse businesses since 2012.

Among them, Jupiter Aluminum, which recycles aluminum for a variety of industrial and commercial uses; and Southwestern Energy.

District board member Archie Doll suggested the funds should be invested in extending water and sewer lines to residents only.

He said most of the area’s existing industries have their own wastewater treatment systems and residential customers shouldn’t struggle with the cost to the district of serving industrial users.

Doll said there are more homes within a mile of Route 67 than any found on Windsor Heights, but that village is serviced by public sewer lines.

Terry Bonaventura, also a member of the District Board of Directors, said he is currently proceeding with the third and final phase of the Eldersville Road sewer project.

The Brooke County PSD secured a $5.45 million loan and $500,000 grant from the State Infrastructure and Job Development Council for the project, which is expected to serve approximately 178 homes in the Eldersville and St. John’s.

County Commissioner Stacey Wise said revenue from additional customers, including large businesses, helps keep water and sewer rates lower for existing users.

Commission Chairman AJ Thomas agreed, saying: “Without attracting industries here, we won’t have enough people here to keep the systems running at an affordable rate.”

Bonaventura said the cost to the district of serving an industry will depend on the type of business, but potential new businesses will favor sites where utilities exist rather than where they must build them themselves.

County Commissioner Tim Ennis said additional federal infrastructure funds are expected and that completing the engineering for them greatly improves their chances of being funded.

“We try to be ahead of the game and already have things in place so we can apply when they become available,” he said.

Wise said Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission staff met with the county’s other utility districts to discuss needs that could be met with other federal funds.

In related matters, the commission agreed to submit a letter of support for the City of Weirton’s request for money through the US Economic Development Administration to expand the capacity of the sewer plant at the city ​​to serve additional homes and businesses.

City officials are considering $22.5 million in improvements.

In other cases, Commissioners:

≤ Opening two bids for four sport utility vehicles for the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department: $36,845 per vehicle from Stephens Auto Center of Danville, W.Va., and $40,871 per vehicle from Jim Robinson Ford Lincoln of Triadelphia , W.Va.

The offers have been tabled for further consideration.

≤ Appointed David Klick to represent the county on the advisory board for CHANGE Inc. Commissioners said they will continue to accept letters of interest in a new board that will oversee the county’s ambulance service as well as a sits on the County Museum Board.

They can be sent to County Clerk Kim Barbetta’s office.

≤ Expressed condolences to the family of Evelyn Rogers, who served as Deputy County Clerk for over 20 years. Rogers died on January 15 at the age of 90.

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected])

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