In an effort to assist the town of Grant Town’s attempt to improve its recently waning water system, the county commission approved a no-interest loan request at its Wednesday meeting.

“(Grant Town) can’t be without water. They’ve had a lot of problems,” said Commissioner Randy Elliott, referring to the town’s recent issues, which consist of several line breaks over the past few months.

While Commission President Alan Parks said the water situation is stable at the moment, the town still needs to complete some repair work on the lines, which is slated to cost approximately $82,000.

The state supplied $40,000 of these funds and the town gave $10,000, while the county agreed to provide the additional $32,000 through a no-interest loan with no limit on the amount of time it takes to pay it back.

Parks said he hopes this will help completely repair the system, for the town cannot afford it if another problem occurs.

“If it happens again, they’re in big trouble,” he said of a future line break.

In other business, Sheriff Junior Slaughter informed the commission that a $50,000 surplus accrued from the home confinement fund because of an increase in individuals placed within the program. Within this program, people who commit minor crimes are given ankle bracelets and put on home confinement instead of being placed in the regional jail, which saves the county money.

“This saves us a tremendous amount of money,” said Parks. “It would cost $50 a day to be in the regional jail.”

The extra money generated from this surplus will be used to help pay for fees at the regional jail, which Parks said usually amounts to approximately $100,000 a year.

Commissioners also held a public hearing to close an unused portion of Pennsylvania Avenue in the Northview Addition of Rivesville by request of the owners of the nearby property, Terry and Susan Shipley.

With no objections to the request, officials approved the Shipleys’ request and closed that section of the alley.

Additionally, Ray Henderson was appointed to the Marion County Solid Waste Authority, and Parks announced that the county will be officially laying the levy at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

E-mail Mallory Panuska at mpanuska@timeswv.com.

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