Davis water project receives funding

PARSONS – The town of Davis received a splash of good news Monday.

Tucker County Commissioners voted unanimously in a special meeting to give the town $50,000 to help the Davis Water System Improvement Project, as requested by Mayor Joe Drenning at the last County Commission meeting.

Mike Rosenau, president of the Commission, said commissioners were pleased to be able to help with the project.

“We approved a $50,000 allotment for the town of Davis,” Rosenau said. “This was discussed at our last meeting, and we had to review the budget to see where we could take those funds from. We are taking $22,000 from the coal reallocation funds and $28,000 from the general fund for capital projects.”

Drenning said the $50,000 will be used to get the town’s water project into the design phase.

“I have committed $35,000 from our town’s emergency funds,” Drenning said. “This will give us $85,000 and that will put the project into design. When we go to Charleston with the funding proposal, it will be shovel ready.”

Drenning said the town of Davis has applied for funding for upgrades to its water system since 2000.

“We have 80-year-old water lines in the town,” Drenning said. “I have a piece of the line which is 3/4 inch and you cannot get a pencil through it. They are swelled shut.”

Drenning said the project was originally projected to cost $1.5 million.

“We have eliminated some of that cost,” Drenning said. “We put in 2,700 feet of main line across the river from the water plant to the tank. We have eliminated half a million dollars. We are chunking away at it.”

Drenning said the grant application will be for $1.284 million.

“This project will not cause a raise in the water bills for any of our customers,” Drenning said. “We currently have 437 households we serve.”

Drenning approached the Commission April 23 asking for the $50,000 for assistance in receiving a Small Cities Block Grant. During that meeting, Drenning, along with Shane Whitehair of Region VII and Brian Huffman of the Chapman Group, told commissioners the Davis Water System Improvement Project would not only be of benefit to the city of Davis, but would help improve water to Blackwater Falls State Park, the Industrial Park and the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center. The deadline for the grant application is May 21.

The next Tucker County Commission meeting is slated for 9 a.m. May 14 at the Tucker County Courthouse Courtroom.