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WV Community Grants Announced

December 13th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 12 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $47 million in other federal, state and local funds will support these projects, serving more than 6,500 residents and approximately 1,000 West Virginia households, improving infrastructure reliability statewide.

"During my time as governor, we have awarded hundreds of improvement projects to cities and communities across West Virginia, and I am pleased to continue that tradition once more with these awards," Gov. Tomblin said. "The economic development projects and infrastructure improvements supported by the Small Cities Block Grant program truly do make a difference. Not only do they improve our statewide infrastructure and poise West Virginia for future economic growth, they support West Virginia households in need and improve the quality of life for our residents."

                Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds.

TOWN OF CAIRO (Ritchie County)


This $2.5 million project will enable the Town of Cairo to repair its wastewater treatment plant. The project will correct many deficiencies within the aging system and will ensure its reliability. 



This $2.53 million project will improve the water system serving more than 900 existing residential households and businesses in the Town of Chapmanville and surrounding areas through system upgrades and the replacement of leaking water lines.

TOWN OF CLAY (Clay County)


This $2.3 million project will include the construction of nearly 4.5 miles of new water lines to bring water to more than 54 households currently served by private water supplies. The project will include construction of a new water storage tank, booster station and related improvements, including fire protection, in this unserved area.

TOWN OF DAVIS (Tucker County)


This $2.34 million project will replace the existing water system serving the town, which is antiquated and plagued by frequent line breaks. The project will also include the rehabilitation of a water impoundment and water treatment plant updates to serve more than 430 residential households and businesses.



This $10 million project will enable the Greenbrier County Public Service District to extend water service to 405 unserved households in Crawley, Shawver's Crossing, Sam Black Church, Clintonville, Alta, Willamsburg and Trout. The installation of water lines, hydrants and a storage tank will also include an interconnection with the Town of Rupert. Overall, this project will serve more than 900 households.



This $1.95 million project is the first phase in the construction of the Coalwood Sewer System which replaces an outdated system that allows raw sewage discharge into the Clear Fork River, a tributary to the Tug Fork River. Long-term plans include the development of a system to serve additional area residents.



This $2.14 million project will allow the Colfax Public Service District to decommission its waste water treatment plant and extend the Colfax sewage system to the Kingmill Valley Public Service District. This project will serve 126 households and protect public water sources by halting overflow into the Tygart River.



This $4.79 million project will enable the Mingo County Public Service District to complete the Beech Creek water extension project. This project will provide dependable water service and fire protection to 252 unserved households that currently rely on private water sources.  

TOWN OF PAX (Fayette County)


This $2.3 million project will provide 52 households in the Willis Branch area with public sewer service to alleviate contamination of the local watershed. The project will also upgrade the existing Town of Pax treatment facility which will benefit more than 160 households and increase capacity for future expansion. 

CITY OF RICHWOOD (Nicholas County)


This $6.53 million project will upgrade and expand water service to the Hinkle Mountain and Little Laurel areas of the city in which residents do not have a reliable source of water. The upgrade will benefit approximately 1,200 households, and extend water service to 100 unserved households.



This $6.5 million project will make improvements to the Elkins Road Public Service District water distribution system and extend new water service to 82 households which currently rely on private water supplies and wells with poor quality water.  In all, more than 1,100 households will benefit from this project.

TOWN OF WEST UNION (Doddridge County)


This $3.5 million project will improve infrastructure in the Wabash area of the Town of West Union to Middle Island Creek through the construction of a new sanitary sewer system.  More than 100 households will directly benefit from this project, while the project will improve environmental conditions in the surrounding area.  

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