Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 6, 2014

Tazewell takes second look at sewer project

TAZEWELL, Va. — It was nearly 20 years ago when Tazewell County officials first set out to develop a public sewage system extending from the corporate limits of Tazewell to the Bluefield Divides.

The hope at the time was that the project would help to spur renewed economic development and growth along the U.S. Route 460 corridor between the towns of Tazewell and Bluefield. But despite the best efforts of the Tazewell County Public Service Authority, the project ultimately didn’t get off the ground.

Today, a good 20 years later, members of the PSA board are taking a second look at a proposed Tazewell to Divides Leachate Sewer Line project. 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 Tazewell County Public Service Authority's conference room at 168 Tazewell Mall Circle, Tazewell.

“The PSA is in the process of submitting a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) construction funding application for the project by July 18th,” Ball said. “The project will be ranked with other applications across the entire state. DEQ will notify applicants around November if the project was ranked for funding and the funding terms.

Ball said the proposed project is contingent upon funding. Don Dunford, who serves as the current PSA board chairman, was involved in the original push to extend public sewer along the four-lane corridor more than 20 years ago.

At the moment, there is no public sewage system along the four-lane corridor between Tazewell and Bluefield.

Ball said the Drytown Sewer Project, recently undertaken by the town of Tazewell, takes a public sewage system to the area of the Ramey Motors dealership on U.S. Route 460, which is where the project terminates.

“It (the proposed new project) has the potential to open up that 19-460 corridor from Tazewell to the Divides,” Ball said.

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