Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 8, 2014

County commission to seek state grant for public water

PRINCETON — One family farm in Mercer County hasn’t had running water since it was created in the early 1800s, but a grant resolution approved Tuesday by the Mercer County Commission could eventually bring public water to the property.

A public hearing regarding a resolution to resubmit a state Small Cities Block Grant application for the Mercer/Summers IV-Elgood Water Project was conducted during the county commission’s regular meeting. The commission voted unanimously to approve the application.

Frank Nash, a former Elgood area resident, said his family farm in Elgood didn’t have running water when his great-grandfather established it in the 19th century. Today, his family still has to haul water to the farm. A cell tower was being planned for the Elgood area for emergency purposes, but this will do little good if fire departments do not have access to water, he stated.

“It’s time we’re getting water down there,” Nash said.

The project could serve up to 156 potential customers, said Jeff Johnson, community development director of the Region I Planning & Development Council.

 The application would request $1.5 million. Approximately $5,128,000 is needed for the entire project, he said.

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