Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 7, 2014

Water rates could double for some

BLUEFIELD — Water rates in one public service district could double if nobody can be found to serve on its board of directors.

The Cumberland Road Public Service District needs new members by June 10, according to Bill Winfrey, attorney for the PSD. The entity formed in the mid 1970s southeast of Bluefield in an area that did not have any water.

The new district was not large enough to have its own water plant, so West Virginia American Water came in and wrote a contract that would have the company operate the system, maintain it, and do its billing, Winfrey said.

 Customers have been paying the same rates for approximately 40 years. As long as the Cumberland PSD’s board exists, they will continue paying those rates, Winfrey said. But the district has been having trouble finding new members for the board.

If the board closes down, the Mercer County Commission could have the Cumberland Road PSD absorbed into another district; however, the customers’ water rates could “double or more,” Winfrey said.

The public service district’s board needs three new members, said Mike Vinciguerra, president of the Mercer County Commission. Board members must reside in the district, which extends from the Cumberland Road area near Bluefield and up John Nash Boulevard to Interstate 77.

People interested in serving on the Cumberland Road Public Service District Board should contact Vicki Reed at the Mercer County Commission by calling 304-487-8306.

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