Brooke sewer project advancing

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board is moving forward with plans to serve additional areas of Cross Creek and Eldersville Road.

Board member Archie Doll said the board hopes to extend sewer lines on Eldersville Road to Boyd Road, pending sufficient funds.

The board has secured a State Revolving Fund loan from the state Department of Environmental Protection in addition to a $700,000 Small Cities Block Grant awarded for sewer line extensions to about 89 homes in the Cross Creek area, including the community of Louise, Latimer Avenue, Bosley Run and Black’s Hollow.

Board member Bill Liposchak said preliminary designs are done for the area and the board is seeking easements from owners of property through which the lines may run.

The board hopes to seek bids for the project in September.

The project is a continuation of a $10 million project extending sewer lines to about 550 homes and businesses on Mahan Lane, Eldersville Road west of Mahan Lane, and Bruin Drive.

The work was funded by a $9.8 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a $2.5 million loan and a $775,000 grant, both from the West Virginia Infrastructure Council.

The board has made plans to extend sewer lines to additional homes on Eldersville Road, east of Mahan Lane; St. John’s Road and adjacent lanes, in smaller phases, as funds become available.

The board heard Wednesday from Evelyn Leas, who asked about plans to remove trees from her mother’s property on Eldersville Road so a sewer line may be installed there.

She said she learned of the plans through a plot map presented by representatives of Thrasher Engineering seeking an easement from her mother.

Thrasher Engineering is the engineer for the project.

Leas said because the land is sloped, removing the trees will lead to erosion.

The PSD board members told Leas the plans are preliminary and could change, pending approval by the state DEP and state Public Service Commission.

Terry Bonaventura, the board’s chairman, said safety factors for contractors installing the lines and costs for the project, which affects customers’ rates, are considered when planning the project.

But the board agreed to meet with Leas and a representative of Thrasher at the site.

Following the meeting, Liposchak acknowledged plans for the next phase involve taking sewer lines through yards, down hills and other areas in an effort to keep costs manageable for the district’s customers.

He noted the project differs from city sewer projects, where officials have existing main lines to tap into.

Liposchak was asked about a planned study to determine the feasibility of extending sewer lines to the southern half of Brooke County.

A countywide water and sewer feasibility study was done by Ghosh Engineering several years ago, but the board members said it needs to be updated.

Liposchak said the board plans to open proposals from prospective engineers at its next meeting at 5 p.m. April 23.

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