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May 7, 2014

Rivesville applies for grant to repair water line

RIVESVILLE — A 50-year-old water line in Rivesville could be replaced, thanks to an approval by town council.

During Tuesday’s meeting, council made a motion to apply for a Small Cities Block grant for a project that will replace about two miles of a water line that was put in place in the 1950s.

After a public hearing was held on the issue, council unanimously passed the motion to apply for $1.5 million of the Small Cities Block grant, with no objections from the public. Sheena Hunt, with Region VI Planning and Development Council, presented an overview of the application to council.

Mayor Jim Hershman said the Town of Rivesville buys water from Fairmont and the supply line for that water needs replaced. He said it runs from Trolley Street in Bellview into Rivesville and crosses two old street line tressels that might need to be demolished.

“That line was built in the late 1950s, early 1960s,” Hershman said. “There’s a lot of leakage on that line and we need to replace that line.”

The existing line is 8 inches wide. Hershman said if they receive the Small Cities Block grant and other funding from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, the line will be replaced with a 12-inch-wide pipe.

Hershman said with a new line, customers will have a more stable and reliable source of water. He said there are several communities in the area that use that line, including Dakota, Paw Paw and Sugar Lane.

“That will give us a good supply of water,” Hershman said. “We could all share that line. It will be a good, steady supply of water for this whole area for many years to come.”

Hershman said it wouldn’t be until the end of the year until the town knows if it is given the grant or not.

“You just hope they see that your project is needed,” he said.

After an executive session, Hershman announced that council with extend Rivesville Police Officer Arnold Triplett’s probation period for two months.

Hershman said the Rivesville Police Department is funded by police fees. He said since the power plant shut down just over a year ago, it took about $130,000 out of the town’s budget.

“Not all at one time, but it gradually has,” Hershman said. “We just have to watch how our expenditures are.”

Hershman said after the executive session that he didn’t want to take away any police protection.

“It’s always good to have your own police officer,” he said.

In other business:

• Hershman said he has spoken with the West Virginia Department of Highways about the road conditions leading into Rivesville. He said they told him paving and repairing the roads, including Route 19, will begin on Monday.

• Brian Wilmoth from Resolute Forest Products presented council with a donation of $2,500 and the United Mine Workers of America donated $1,000 to the town’s Riverfront Festival.

• The next council meeting will at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at the Rivesville Town Hall.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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