Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


July 9, 2014

Sewer project worthy of funding

— Twenty years ago members of the Tazewell County Public Service Authority set out to develop a public sewage system extending from the corporate limits of Tazewell to the Bluefield Divides. A similar project to extend public drinking water along the four-lane corridor had been largely completed at the time, but a sewer system was needed as well to help spur additional economic development and growth along the U.S. Route 19-460 corridor.

 But despite the best efforts at the time of the PSA board of directors and then PSA Administrator Jim Spencer, the project ultimately didn’t get off the ground. But it is still a project worthy of funding and support. That’s why we are glad to see that members of the PSA board are revisiting the proposed Tazewell to Divides Leachate Sewer Line project. At the moment, there is no public sewage system along the four-lane corridor between Tazewell and Bluefield. The authority is in the process of studying the feasibility of a possible project and an environmental assessment required by funding agencies for such a project has been completed, according to PSA Administrator Dahmon Ball.

A public hearing to discuss the proposed project has been scheduled for Aug. 4 at 5:45 p.m. in the PSA offices at the Tazewell Mall. But the key to making this important project a reality will be funding. If there is no funding, there is no project.

It is our hope that state funding agencies will give this worthwhile infrastructure project full and fair funding consideration. In this day and age, water, sewer and broadband are absolutely essential to economic development and growth.

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