BHJ to administer successful funding request to repair Hammond PSD line damage

BHJ to administer successful funding request to repair Hammond PSD line damage

Brooke County (2-20-18) – Before water begins to once again surge through the lines of Brooke County’s Hammond Public Service District, some money needs to be pumped into the system.

This week, the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission learned that those dollars will soon be flowing, thanks to a $75,000 grant from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (IJDC).

“This is an emergency situation that will soon be remedied thanks to the support of the Brooke County Commissioners and our state and federal representatives,” said Barb Zimnox, BHJ Community Development Specialist, who prepared the application to the IJDC.

In November, a line in the Hammond PSD system was damaged when a large tree that was uprooted during heavy rains fell on it. Since that time, 900 customers have been dealing with low water pressure and inadequate fire protection.

The Brooke County Commission has committed $43,000 as part of a match for the IJDC grant. The remaining $32,000 will come from the Hammond PSD.

“The Brooke County Commission would like to thank Barb Zimnox of BHJ for doing the ‘heavy lifting’ on running the numbers to present to the IJDC,” said Stacey Wise, Brooke County Commissioner. “We believe her work was instrumental in securing this funding.”

Ms. Zimnox will administer the project as part of her work for BHJ’s Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning & Development Council.

The total for the project, which was awarded to the Ten Mile Properties out of Washington, PA, is $150,000.

Work on the project should begin within the next few weeks and should only take two to three weeks to complete.