Upshur Commission looks at boundary adjustment

The manager of the Tennerton Public Service District asked the Upshur County Commission on Thursday to restore the PSD’s original boundary so that the agency can proceed with a long-awaited sewage project.

Terry Gould said the county commission in 1995 adjusted the Tennerton PSD boundary to allow for the City of Buckhannon to extend a sewer line to the Brushy Fork area. But Gould said the boundary was moved further west than they realized. Gould said the Tennerton PSD board did not learn of the larger area until it had started a $4 million extension project in recent months.

‘It took in not just Buckhannon, but the entire western section of the county,” Gould said.

The project would serve about 140 customers along the U.S. Route 33 corridor. But Gould said none of those customers currently reside within the Tennerton PSD jurisdiction, though Gould said it was believed they did when the PSD started the project.

Shane Whitehair from the Region VII Planning and Development Council said the city is trying to obtain funding for a similar project in that area, but is still in a preliminary stage. Buckhannon Mayor Kenneth Davidson asked if the county commission could delay any decision on the boundary adjustment until a meeting with Sam Ludlow, the engineer who oversees the city’s sanitary sewer operations, can be arranged.

The commissioners scheduled a 10:45 a.m., Jan. 24 meeting with the two organizations. It will start at the conclusion of a 10:30 a.m. public hearing regarding the potential annexation of the area of the Upshur County Wellness Center and the new West Virginia Army National Guard facility.

“We are supportive of serving the community,’ Davidson said. “If there is money on the table, we certainly should work together to make that happen.”

The funding for the project will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans and grants, along with some money from the state’s Infrastructure Council.

“The money is there,” Gould said. “The USDA is pushing us to get the project started.”