Randolph to provide water project funds

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission unanimously voted to support funding requests for water projects from both the Huttonsville PSD and the Town of Mill Creek this week.

Both parties were seeking help with water distribution issues in their areas and the commission agreed to help each by using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Town of Mill Creek has already committed $83,773 of its own money toward the completion of a $1.9 million project. It came to the commission requesting $668,021.76 to help with the commitment to finish the project.

The Town of Mill Creek supplies water to 400 customers, including residential, commercial and government customers. The project will include the replacement of all its water lines in the system, some of which are more than 100 years old.

The project originally started in 2016, but problems with the contractor led to some delays, officials said. The project was put out to bid again and currently there is a new bid in place. With the commission approving the funding of $668,021.76, the Town of Mill Creek will also be eligible for a matching grant of $950,000.

“With the money we are giving them plus the $83,000 they already have, that would make up the half that they need to qualify for that matching grant,” Commission President David Kesling said. “All of this money is coming from the American Rescue Plan fund that we got from the federal government that we can use for infrastructure projects.”

The Huttonsville PSD requested and was granted $139,500 from the county commission. That funding will also be taken from the American Rescue Plan Fund and will go toward several different projects.

The money will be used to purchase a new aerator and backup pump at the wastewater plant, a new water meter reading system, a new microsoft billing system, and a new chlorine system. The meter reading system accounts for $75,000 of the total amount requested.


The Randolph County Commission unanimously approved the hiring of Lance Elbon as a deputy sheriff with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

“I request the hiring of Lance Elbon as an uncertified, probationary deputy sheriff,” Deputy Lieutenant Bryan Talkington said. “Due to the inclusion of Mr. Elbon on the current certified list, the sheriff appointed a hiring board to complete the hiring process.”

The board appointed by Sheriff Rob Elbon consists of Talkington, Chief Deputy Brad Sharp and Captain Richard Swisher. The board conducted all the interviews after a certified list was returned to the RCSD from the civil service board.

Lance Elbon’s salary will be $40,000 per year. After successfully completing the West Virginia State Police Academy and obtaining his certification, that amount will increase to $44,000 annually.

“Mr. Elbon was raised in Randolph County and graduated from Elkins High School,” Talkington said. “After graduating high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served active duty for nearly eight years in a military police unit. An extensive background investigation was conducted by our office, which he successfully passed.”

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office will be holding testing for another deputy sheriff on Dec. 11. Applications must be submitted to the department by Dec. 8. For more information call 304-636-2100.


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