CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented over $12.5 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 17 critical infrastructure projects. More than $66 million in other federal, state, and local funds will be leveraged to complete these projects-serving approximately 12,200 citizens, of which nearly 60 percent are low-and moderate-income individuals. More than 5,480 households in these communities will receive improved or new service as a result of these investments.
"The Small Cities Block Grants I presented today will help fund important infrastructure projects throughout our state-directly improving our communities," Gov. Tomblin said. "Having the necessary infrastructure in place makes West Virginia a better place to live and allows us to further promote economic development. I'm grateful for the strong local support that's helping these projects thrive."
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Small Cities Block Grant funds to the state. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages these funds.
BOONE COUNTY COMMISSION
This $2.1 million project will extend water service to the Mud River Cox's Fork area of Boone County. Approximately 129 new households will benefit from this project.
BROOKE COUNTY COMMISSION
This $9.8 million project will construct a centralized sewer collection system in the Mahan Lane, Eldersville Road, Bruin Drive, and Louise areas of Brooke County. Approximately 550 households will benefit from this project that will eliminate enforcement issues.
TOWN OF CHAPMANVILLE (Logan County)
This $2.5 million project will improve reliability and enhance waters services to approximately 963 residential and small commercial customers in Chapmanville and the surrounding area.
FAYETTE COUNTY COMMISSION
This $1.4 million project will extend water service to approximately 31 households in the Boonesborough area of Fayette County.
TOWN OF FLEMINGTON (Taylor County)
This $4.7 million project will assist in making improvements to the Town of Flemington's sewer system. Approximately 181 households will benefit.
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
This $3.2 million project will extend water service to approximately 104 households in the Cox's Mill area of Gilmer County.
TOWN OF HANDLEY (Kanawha County)
This $738,000 project will upgrade the sanitary sewer system within the town and eliminate documented health issues. Approximately 171 households will be served.
LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSION
This $6.2 million project will assist the Lincoln County Commission in providing water service to approximately 240 households in the Big Harts area of Lincoln County.
LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSION
This $2.8 million project will extend water service to the Frances Creek, Copley Trace Branch, and Jim's Branch areas of Lincoln County. Approximately 84 households will benefit from this extension.
MINERAL COUNTY COMMISSION
This $10.5 million project will allow the Mineral County Commission to extend water service and increase capacity to approximately 493 households within the Fountain Public Service District.
CITY OF MULLENS (Wyoming County)
This $9.8 million project will benefit approximately 194 households by extending water service into the Ostego, Pierpoint and Maben areas in the western area of Mullens.
CITY OF PARSONS (Tucker County)
This $1.5 million project will allow the City of Parsons to extend water service to the Moore and Porterwood areas of the city, as well as make improvements to the current system. Approximately 791 households who are currently experiencing water loss will benefit.
RANDOLPH COUNTY COMMISSION
This $5 million project will assist the Randolph County Commission in extending sewer service to approximately 235 households in the Norton/Coalton area of Randolph County.
CITY OF ROMNEY (Hampshire County)
This $16 million project will upgrade the sanitary sewer system as a part of Chesapeake Bay environmental requirements. Approximately 1,027 households will be benefit.
SUMMERS COUNTY COMMISSION
This $2.3 million project will extend sewer service into the Meadow Creek area of Summers County. Approximately 73 households will receive new service.
UPSHUR COUNTY COMMISSION
This $5.5 million project will allow the Upshur County Commission to extend water service to approximately 123 households in the Indian Camp and Kanawha Head areas of Upshur County.
WETZEL COUNTY COMMISSION
This $3.6 million project is for the Wetzel County Public Service District No. 1, Phase IV Water Line Extension, which will extend water service to 94 households in the State Run Road, Eight Mile Road and surrounding areas of Wetzel County.
Amy Shuler Goodwin or Catherine Zacchi
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