By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
It’s been nearly a seven-month wait to fix a damaged water line in Rivesville, but work is now moving forward on the project.
Mayor Jim Hershman said a $200,000 grant and a $200,000 loan have been secured for fixing the problem through the Infrastructure Jobs Development Council (IJDC).
Hershman said the damaged water line is along Route 17 in Rivesville city limits toward Grant Town.
“There was a water supply line that runs under a railroad track,” he said. “That line ruptured about six or seven months ago.”
The line has a temporary fix on it now, and Hershman said the bulk of the money is going to replace the line.
Hershman said he and Mark Dorsey have traveled to Charleston to meet with the IJDC several times.
The $200,000 loan from the IJDC must be repaid, but the grant does not. Hershman said this will not increase water rates for Rivesville residents.
“The loan is a 40-year, zero percent loan,” he said. “We can absorb the cost with our last rate increase, which was in June of this year.”
The line was installed in 1957. Hershman said in 1997 the Town of Rivesville had to take over the line even though the town didn’t want to.