Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 13, 2012

Infrastructure upgrade

More help for Tazewell’s Dry Town


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — The tap is no longer dry for a Tazewell County community with a unique name. However, the wait for public sewer service continues for families living in Dry Town.

If all goes as planned that wait will soon be over. The town of Tazewell is hoping to take a multi-million dollar sewer expansion project for the Dry Town area out to bid as early as this spring. The hope is that the $4.1 million infrastructure improvement project will lead to both residential and economic growth for the Dry Town area, which is now in the municipal limits of Tazewell.

The town annexed the Dry Town community several years ago. At the time, several of the areas annexed by the town included not only residential dwellings, but also commercial businesses. However, those families and businesses didn’t have public sewer service, according to Tazewell Town Manager Todd Day. Most are presently running on septic tanks.

The town already operates a full-service sewer treatment plant capable of serving the Dry Town community, which made the expansion project a natural fit for the town of Tazewell.

The sewer expansion project is being funded by a combination of grant funding and low-interest loans from the state. The grant funding includes $600,000 from the Department of Economic Development and Community Development and a $60,000 award from the Department of Environmental Quality.

While work on the sewer project has slowed in recent months due to what Day describes as legalities and red tape, project engineers are now working to secure necessary right-of-ways. Engineering work on the sewer expansion project also is now finished.

We join the town in looking forward to the start of this necessary infrastructure improvement project for Tazewell County and the expanded municipal limits of the town of Tazewell.

In addition to protecting the environment, the new project also could lead to both residential and commercial growth in the expanded corporate limits of Tazewell.

And what is good for the town of Tazewell is also good for Tazewell County as a whole.

We look forward to the start of construction on this significant infrastructure improvement project next spring. And we applaud the town of Tazewell for its efforts to bring public sewer service to its recently annexed citizens in Dry Town.

Future additional growth in the community would be welcomed.