So far, 60% of Grandview residents are interested in public sewer access, but it is going to take an 80% resident approval rate before the project is implemented.
This announcement was made during the Raleigh County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Myron Amick, engineer with L.A. Gates Company, and Commission President Dave Tolliver provided clarification on some of the most discussed issues following the July 21 meeting about the Grandview sewer project.
“The project cost is $28 million dollars,” Amick began. “$4 million of that is for the treatment plant at Little Beaver State Park property.”
“A lot of people wasn’t aware that you had to build a new plant down on 4-H Lake below the dam there,” Tolliver added. “I wasn’t. I never was told that and there are two phases to this and I wasn’t aware of it either.”
The new sewer plant construction would be for the extra capacity needed by adding Grandview residents to the treatment plant, County Administrator Jay Quesenberry stated in an interview following the meeting.
In response to a question from a person in attendance, commissioner Tolliver continued that if the project is approved, every home will have an underground grinder pumping system tank placed in their yard. It will go between the homeowner’s septic tank and the sewer line.
The tank holds 80 gallons and the grinder sits on top of the tank, he said. It will take 220 volts of electricity to run the system, Tolliver explained. The only financial responsibility a homeowner will have is furnishing electricity to the pump.
Each system comes with a two-year warranty, Tolliver said. Should anything happen to the unit after the warranty expires, members of the Shady Spring Public Service District will come out to fix the issue.
“That’s what they are doing in west Raleigh down Route One and all the way to Eunice,” Tolliver said regarding other county projects. “They are putting grinders in and doing away with septic tanks.”
Homes in the Flat Top Lake area have also received these types of pumps, it was noted.
If Grandview residents approve the system, each homeowner, regardless of whether or not they hook up to the system, will be responsible for paying the minimum monthly Public Service District rate. Currently, that amount is $22.97 per month.
Grandview residents have until Sept. 1 to turn their questionnaires into the Raleigh County Commission or the Shady Spring Public Service District.
In other commission business,
– All full-time Raleigh County employees received a 3% raise;
– Commissioners approved a request from the Raleigh County Commission on Aging to give $4,000 to the Glen Daniel area and $3,500 in the Coal City area to fund meals and other services for seniors;
– Commissioners approved a preliminary tax-increment financing (TIF) resolution for the old Hulett C. Smith property along Harper Road and the old Brierpatch golf course from the Bellwood Corporation for $19.25 million.
The creation of a TIF district was last discussed in April. At that time, commissioners denied a motion to move forward with the proposal that would finance the 31-acre multipurpose development.
This preliminary resolution will be sent to the economic development office in Charleston and back to Raleigh County before construction may begin.
“This is just a resolution. It doesn’t mean we have approved anything,” Tolliver stated.
The next Raleigh County Commission meeting will be held on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.