Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 21, 2014

Officials break ground for $7 million wastewater treatment plant

BLAND, Va. — Officials from Southwest Virginia gathered at the Bland County Fairgrounds Thursday morning for the ground breaking ceremony for a new wastewater treatment plant to serve the Bland community.

“This is a project that I have been working on for the past four years,” Eric Workman, Bland County administrator said. “Funding partners on the project include the USDA Rural Development ($1,134,000 in grant funds), the Tobacco Commission ($151,286 in grant funds), Mount Rogers Planning District Commission ($100,000 in grant funds) and $6,590,000 in low interest rate loans.”

Workman gave opening remarks at the ceremony while Stevie Steele, engineer of record on the project, representing CHA Consulting Inc., spoke about the details of the project. Michelle Jenkins spoke on behalf of U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., Michael Armbrister spoke on behalf of the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, Nick Asbury, a member of the Bland County board of supervisors and chair of the Bland County Service Authority spoke on behalf of the county while Robert Hilt spoke on behalf of USDA Rural Development.

Other dignitaries participating in the program included Rodney Ratliff, deputy county administrator and director of public works, Kenny Hamilton, Mendon Construction, Phillip Stafford, DCI/Sires, Randy Johnson, chair of the Bland County board of supervisors, Henry Blessing, also of the Bland County board of supervisors, Chip Worley, Anderson and Associates and Michael Armbrister, executive director Mount Rogers Planning District Commission.

“This is a major development for the Bland community,” Workman said. “I am proud that I got the opportunity to participate in it.”

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