Update 03/04/2015 4:30 P.M.
A big step for a long-awaited water project: approval for a funding package, extending water service to Bellevile.
The West Virginia Infrastructure Jobs and Development Council Wednesday approved the $4 million funding plan.
It's for the Lubeck Public Service District, which plans to install nearly 20 miles of water line to Belleville.
It still has some other hurdles, including state approval, but this was a big one.
"There have been some hangups over the funding structure with the infrastructure council during the last several months," notes Fred Rader, Development Director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council. "Today clears all that up; the funding is a go, and we can move forward with the project."
The district plans to charge Belleville residents $4 for every thousand gallons used.
Residents there have had to use well water, which can be contaminated at times.
UPDATE 6/18/2014 11:15 AM
A proposed water line for the residents of Belleville is one step closer to becoming a reality, providing a much needed, reliable water source.
Close to 200 showed up for Tuesday night's meeting at the Belleville Community Center, where officials explained the plan and answered questions.
The Lubeck Public Service District is working towards installing close to 20 miles of water line to serve the Belleville area and has been trying to get funding for the project for many years.
That will come from grants and the community, including a $4 surcharge for every thousand gallons used.
"It's a pretty critically important project, especially at this point in time to be able to supply this community with clean, fresh drinking water and allow this community to grow and prosper," says Randall Atkinson, general manager of Lubeck PSD.
The project isn't expected to even begin for another two years while grants are approved.
Eighty percent of the population must also be in favor of the project.
And by the show of hands Tuesday night, representatives don't feel that will be an issue.
UPDATE 6/16/2014 5:00 PM
Remember the pictures this winter of people in the Charleston area lining up for bottled water?
Imagine having to do that all of the time.
People living in Belleville regularly travel to the Lubeck Public Service District offices to do that.
Trouble is, that's nineteen miles.
The Lubeck PSD currently is working on a water line extension to bring the water to them.
Many of them don't even have a well.
"A lot of people come to the district and buy water from a little machine we have outside (the district office) and haul it to their house," says Randall Atkinson, manager of the Lubeck Public Service District. "They put it in a cistern or whatever just so they have water to take a shower. It's a really inconvenient and expensive proposition for them."
It's a $3.9 million project.
Lubeck wants Belleville customers to pay a surcharge of up to $4 to pay for that project.
A public meeting on the proposal is set for Tuesday night at 7:00 at the Belleville Community Building.
A possible new water project for the Lubeck area could cost millions of dollars.
Thursday during a preview for the project, commissioners discussed the 19 mile extension for 200 households.
A public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the Belleville Community Building off of Route 68.
Lubeck PSD commissioner Jerry Martin says people are having well problems such as contamination since the Belleville Dam.
"If they have a well. A lot of them have cisterns, all kinds of water supplies and they are very unreliable," says Martin. "At this point if we could get them fresh water, clean water, they will much be much better off in the long run."
Total cost of the project is more than $3 million.
State officials still have to approve funding, with plans to borrow from the Water Development Authority and Infrastructure Jobs Development Council.
Next week's meeting is to ensure community interest before making any final decisions.