PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission got an update on improvement in the county and continues to go over neighborhood public service districts.
Lindsey Piersol of Wood County Improvement gave the commission an update on their activities locally.
They are attempting to ascertain if they are getting $1.four or 1.9 million in federal earmark funds for the redevelopment of the Depot Street location.
Appraisals came back larger than anticipated and officials are going to re-evaluate to come up with option plans for the use of that income.
Piersol stated they have been in a position to conduct company visits for a quantity of web sites all through the county, which includes Hino, Wincore, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport and other individuals.
“We are acquiring back out,” she stated.
Lots of organizations in the location have been adding personnel due to the fact the finish of lots of COVID restrictions, she stated.
There has been interest shown in the old GE/Sabic internet site with interested parties seeking at it, but there have been no gives created on the internet site.
They are acquiring requests from organizations seeking for 200 acres or 500 acres. That internet site has 374 acres. They will nonetheless present it.
“We appear to fall in that weird gap,” Piersol stated.
They have submitted the internet site for consideration 15 instances for distinctive projects more than the final year.
Officials stated neighborhood public service districts had been unable to deal with the water and sewer wants of some of the projects displaying interest in that internet site. Piersol stated the PSD officials are normally valuable in giving data.
They got a new internet site which is geared toward use by internet site selectors. The internet site is positioned at developwoodcountywv.com.
In other company, the commission took no action on the proposed price improve from the Lubeck Public Service District with officials saying all of the documentation was not handed in but. They are expecting a different price improve from Claywood Park PSD which they received the documents this week and have 45 days to make a choice on. The commission did not go over the particulars of Claywood Park’s proposed price improve.
Officials with the Lubeck PSD appeared prior to the commission earlier this year to go over a eight% improve on water and a 9% improve on sewer. For persons who use two,000 gallons of water, the price would improve $two a month. If they use three,000 gallons, it would improve by $three and four,000 gallons would improve by $four.
Earlier this week, the commission heard an initial proposal from West Virginia American Water who is interested in purchasing the neighborhood PSDs and giving water/sewer service to the location.
The commission has wanted some of the neighborhood PSDs to consolidate to superior manage fees. Lots of of the PSDs are afraid of losing neighborhood manage with some residents afraid of seeing a substantial improve to their bills if they have to go with the firm.
Commission President Blair Couch, citing West Virginia Code 16-13A-1b, stated the commission can appear at how water/sewer service is performed.
“Each county commission shall conduct a study of all public service districts which have their principal offices inside its county and shall create a program relating to the creation, consolidation, merger, expansion or dissolution of such districts or the consolidation or merger of management and administrative solutions and personnel and shall present such program to the Public Service Commission for approval, disapproval, or modification,” the law stated.
“It is inside our energy,” Couch stated. “The Public Service Commission normally has oversight more than this.
“They have to approve or disapprove any proposal and regardless of whether we move forward or not.”
In other company:
The commission discussed an abandoned/dilapidated home at 267 Larkmead Road, Parkersburg. The home was in a distressed shape. The owners stated they can not afford the taxes on the home and are unable to clean up the home and stated they had been prepared to deed the home more than to the county to clean it up and sell it.
Building of the new Wood County 911 Center is anticipated to be completed by Memorial Day. It will take months to get almost everything hooked up and prepared to start off getting calls there. The new Wood County Resiliency Center is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2024.
The commission unanimously passed a proclamation declaring April 9-15 as National Public Security Telecommunicators Week in Wood County.
The commission will lay the county levy price on 9 a.m. Tuesday at the commission chambers at the Wood County Courthouse.
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