By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
With all the demolition being done in the City of Mannington, selling water has helped the city fund these demolition projects and other expenses for the city.
Michele Fluharty, city clerk, said city council approved to sell TransEnergy water from the Dents Run Reservoir in March 2013. She said the city was to receive two payments for the sale of water.
Fluharty said TransEnergy paid the city for water in September 2013 for $60,988 and in December for $74,954. She said in the agreement, TransEnergy was only going to purchase water twice from the city.
“They are no longer using the water from our reservoir,” Fluharty said.
Mayor Jim Taylor said in the agreement with TransEnergy, the company was using the water for fracking purposes. Fracking is the process used to fracture shale rocks which releases natural gas inside those rocks.
Taylor said with TransEnergy purchasing water from the City of Mannington, they have placed the money into the city’s demolition fund and other funding.
“We have used the money for demolition projects,” he said. “And we’re going to purchase new equipment for city employees and the rest will be put away for a rainy day fund.”
Mannington has already begun demolishing buildings that have been abandoned. Some of those have included buildings along Buffalo Street and Pyles Avenue.
Taylor said the city and the company have a good relationship. A few months ago, TransEnergy paved the entire length of Water Street in Mannington at no cost to the city in exchange for allowing its trucks to use the street.
“Future projects with TransEnergy would be favorable for the city, but we’ll have to see what the future brings,” Taylor said. “They’ve been a great partner for the city, and we appreciate everything that TransEnergy has done for us.”
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