UPDATE: One-third of easement and user agreement forms signed for Belleville Water Project

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Update: 11/24/2015 4:30 PM

They say last week's meeting went well, now the Belleville Water Project moves forward.

Officials with the Public Service District say so far they have 52 easement forms and 50 user agreements for the project, which will add almost 20 miles of water line to the Belleville area. They need a total of 163 easement forms and 166 user agreements, which puts them at about one third of the way to having all of the forms they need.

"One of the main things that would be more helpful than anything is if the public would come in and sign user agreements. If we don't need an easement from them, if they would sign a user agreement, that demonstrates to the Bureau of Public Health that there's going to be enough interest in this project to fund it properly," said Randall Atkinson, General Manager of the Public Service District.

The PSD needs 80% of the user agreements signed and 100% of the easements signed for the project to continue. They can be signed at the PSD building on Ox Johnson Lane in Washington.

Update: 11/19/2015 10:30 P.M.

Lubeck water offiicals used Thursday's meeting to make sure potential customers understoodd this water project, and the many details involved with it.

Belleville residents piled into the meeting room to ask questions about user agreements, additional fees, payment methods and more.

Officials say they need at least 80% of their user agreements signed to get funding for the project, but they expect to do so easily.

Lubeck PSD has already received funding for initial costs, but their next step is securing a majority of those user agreements to move forward.

Officials say this project has been in the making for over six years.

"Everybody here is going to benefit to a large extent from this project," said Randy Atkinson, PSD Manager. "Water service in this community is certainly a critical part of the economic development and the lifestyle of the people who live here."

If water officials reach the 80% of user agreements that they need by March, they will begin construction this July.

They hope to finish the project by April of 2017.

Update: 5/24/2015 5:15 P.M.

The Lubeck Public Service District board Thursday night will sign paperwork for initial funding for a $20 million extension of water service to Belleville.

A bond closing for early engineering funding is set for September 10th.

Current projections call for bids for the project itself to be opened next spring.

"We have several months before we actually start moving dirt, but there's a lot to do before that starts happening," says Randy Atkinson, PSD manager. "Next year, optimistically, it will start to be installed. Predictions are it will be early 2017 before completion."

The water district Monday got $1,000 from the Wood County Commission to help fund a 1,400 foot water line extension.

While only two customers are involved, Atkinson says the project could encourage future development in the New England Ridge area.

Update: 5/4/2015 7:00 P.M.

The commission provides money to the Lubeck Public Service District for a water line extension project.

$8,100 goes the the PSD, to help finance the 20-mile extension from Lubeck to Belleville, providing water service to people who traditionally use wells.

The money is expected to be paid back, once the district gets an anticipated grant.

Update 3/31/2015 10:10 P.M.

Three engineering firms interviewed for a major water line extension.

The Lubeck Public Service District plans to provide Belleville with water service.

The three were interviewed Tuesday night by the PSD board.

The service is something Belleville residents have wanted for decades, and it's been under discussion six years.

No decision was made.

In addition, the board still needs to hire accounting and legal representation for the project.

"As soon as all that becomes clear," says District Manager Randall Atkinson, "that everyone is appointed, then this project will go to the next phase, design will start, we'll start securing rights of way, and assigning people for user agreements."

Earlier this month, $4 million in funding was secured. for the 20-mile water line extension.

It could be at least a couple of years before the construction work is completed.

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.

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