During last week’s meeting of the Boone County Commission, officials approved an additional payment to the Pond Fork sewer project.
Commissioners approved “drawdowns” of public funds to Upton Construction for the construction of a section of sewer line.
According to Terry Martin, of the Regional Intergovernmental Council, the bill for Upton’s work is $119, 206,010.
These are funds provided through a Small Cities Block Grant obtained by officials to fund the line extension.
Officials said when completed, the project will provide safe sewage service to more than 70 families.
The commission also approved payment of $29,781.39 toward smaller parts of the Pond Fork project.
Martin also announced that while paperwork is “working its way through the system,” they believe the beginning of the Prenter Water Project will begin sometime in the fall of 2009.
“We do believe it will happen, it will just take time for the money to come through,” Martin reportedly told commissioners.
He said a notice had been received from the West Virginia Development Office that gave county officials permission to proceed with plans for the waterline extension for residents of Laurel Creek, Hopkins Fork and Sand Lick Road.
A group of Prenter area residents appeared before the commission last week to inform them about their plans to provide help to people needing water right now.
Resident Maria Lambert told the officials she and her group had obtained 55-gallon water containers for residents who were unable to go get their own water.
While many residents were able to travel down the road to the pumping station to fill jugs and containers with water for drinking, cooking and bathing, others, due to financial or health concerns are unable to take advantage of the water.
Lambert said the non-profit group had begun to provide plastic water barrels with pumps, and would soon be filling them at a regular basis.
Lambert asked the commissioners for financial assistance, and for them to be able to help, certain paperwork needed to be provided.
County Administrator Jim Gore provided the group with a non-profit organization package that “would allow the county to consider helping them.”
Gore declined to speculate what the county could do to help, but said the officials would take a look at it once the paperwork is turned in.
Lambert noted that each barrel, hand pump and de-icer provided by the group costs $75.00, and so far, they have purchased 150 of the containers.
“We believe the monthly cost of providing water to the homes would be around $1,000 in total,” she said.