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Fairview waterline extension project moves forward with less funding

Holly Viers • Updated Dec 17, 2018 at 12:52 PM

GATE CITY — After being stalled earlier this year due to lack of funding, the waterline extension project in the Fairview area of Scott County is back on track.

Mike Dishman, executive director of the Scott County Public Service Authority, gave an update on that project and several others during this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Though the Virginia Department of Health declined to fund a portion of the Fairview project, Dishman said it will proceed, with potential modifications.

“We’ve not gotten the money that we’ve asked for,” Dishman said. “We’re hopeful that we’ve gotten enough. We will know when bids come in.”

Background

As previously reported, homes on part of Fairview Road already have public water access, but the waterline doesn’t extend all the way through the Fairview community. The original plans included approximately 18 miles of distribution lines, 95 water meters, 33 fire hydrants and any other needed equipment.

The SCPSA received nearly $7 million for the project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development program at the beginning of last year. As part of the funding package, the SCPSA was required to secure $500,000 in grants.

“We needed $200,000 from Coalfields Water Development Fund; we got $140,000. We needed $200,000 from the health department; we got zero. We needed $100,000 from LENOWISCO and we got that,” Dishman said. “So we’re at almost half of what we needed.”

What’s happening now?

Dishman said the SCPSA will seek alternate bids for the project, one that includes fire hydrants and one that does not. The original project plans included the hydrants, but eliminating them could trim the cost considerably.

“We expect it will be a significant difference,” Dishman said, “not only in just the cost of the fire hydrants but the size of the lines. … We’ve presented this to a representative of Fairview as an option. … They want safe drinking water, so we have to do what we can with the money we get.”

Dishman said the engineering plans and specifications are approved, and construction is expected to begin in 2019 despite the funding uncertainties.

“I think we’ll be OK,” Dishman said. “We’re going to do Fairview, though, one way or the other.”

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