Funds needed for water treatment project

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

The Pineville Utility Commission is currently seeking funding for a water treatment plant project, utility manager Bill Bunch announced at the Pineville City Council meeting on Monday. The money will be used to get a third treatment unit at the facility.

The facility needs a third unit because of the way the state calculates capacity. The state determines capacity by looking at the number of filters a plant has and then taking the biggest filter out of service.

When the new plant was built, the state allowed the commission to count the old treatment plant in the capacity calculation. When they took the old plant out of service during that time, they had a 4 million gallon plant.

The problem now is the old plant will not work, so they have a standard 4 million gallon plant. When they take one filter out of service, their capacity is 2 million gallons.

“We need 2.2 million a day,” said Bunch. “On paper we have a real problem. We would also have a real problem if we had an emergency.”

The project for a new unit would cost approximately $4 million. Bunch said he currently looking at avenues to fund the project.

“I certainly do not want to pay for that all out of rates,” said Bunch.

Bunch also said he is trying to get some grant money for the Virginia Avenue sewer replacement project. Bunch said he is waiting on word for some grants he has applied for.

One grant he is currently waiting on is a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the other is a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.

“We desperately need those grant monies to move this forward,” said Bunch.

Other business taken care of during the meeting includes:

* Approval of minutes from previous meeting;

* Appoint Mary Steele to the Cumberland Valley ADD (Regional) Ethics Board;

* Appoint Sandy Lefevers to the Pineville Housing Authority.

Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, acloud@civitasmedia.com