Grandview residents are going to have to turn in their questionnaires before officials can make a decision as to whether or not the community will have public sewer access.
Right now, the Shady Spring Public Service District (PSD) has only received 88 sewer project questionnaires out of the 416 households located in Grandview, said Shady Spring Public Service District General Manager Jerry Smith. Seventy-eight of those questionnaires were yes votes and 10 were no votes.
“We need to have at least 80% participation in a project before we can move on to the design stage,” Smith said. “That is what is required.”
For this reason, Smith said that residents will be given an extension until Dec. 1 to get those questionnaires in.
“We are supposed to meet with the county commission in the near future as to whether we want to do a door-to-door survey,” Smith added. “We are going to have to change our game plan.”
Questionnaires were mailed to every home in the Grandview area earlier in the summer, but some residents stated that they didn’t receive them, Smith continued.
“We have so many people out there who wants it, and the park service wants it, but we can’t get enough signed user agreements to move forward,” Smith said. “We are going to meet with the county commission at their second meeting in September. I will have a game plan on the financial situation, on what loans and grants look like, and also determine whether we need to move on with this. We can’t just do this forever.”
“We get one or two calls a day from people wanting to know what we are doing,” Smith added. “They need sewer bad, especially after all these rains. That takes a toll on a septic system. It’s hard to explain that we don’t have an answer for them yet.”
Currently, questionnaires can be picked up at the Shell station in Grandview and at the Shady Spring PSD. All questionnaires can be mailed to the PSD at P.O. Box 235, Beaver, WV, 25813 or dropped off.
“Anybody that hasn’t returned [their questionnaire] yet, the county commission and the Shady PSD would sure appreciate it if they would, so we can determine if this project can get kicked off or we can try another area that really needs sewer.”
A public meeting regarding the proposed project was conducted on July 21 at the Grandview Christian Church. Commission members, engineers and employees of the Shady Spring PSD were in attendance to answer questions and receive input from citizens.
Those in favor of the project stated that they were tired of both the sewer smells after a hard rain and sewage from a neighbors septic system coming onto their property. Many felt like there would be no better time than now to have a public sewage system installed, especially since the National Park Service will provide a $12,000,000 grant to fund phase one of the project, and various other federal grant monies could be made available.
Those who spoke against the project were concerned about fees associated with installation of a pumping system, which must be placed at every home, and PSD rate fees. They also expressed concern about future development in the area now that the Grandview State Park has been designated a National Park.
Under the plan, a small diameter wastewater collection system will serve the citizens of Grandview as well as the Grandview park. Due to the amount of rock in the area, a system of this type would cause the least amount of property disturbance, according to information provided at the meeting.
Each homeowner who wants public sewer access will be provided with a grinder pumping system free of charge (complete with a two-year warranty) and they will receive free installation of sewer lines to the home, up to 300 ft. Customers will be responsible for a 220-watt breaker on their electrical panel to power the grinder pump.
If the project is approved, each homeowner, regardless of whether or not they hook up to the system, will be required to pay the minimum existing sewer rate. According to information provided by the PSD, the current minimum rate is $22.97 per month.
The wastewater will be taken under the interstate and connected to the existing system at Crow Road. The project would take about five years to complete at a total estimated cost of $28,520,000.
At a recent Raleigh County Commission meeting Myron Amick, an 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.
Tolliver added that every home will have the underground grinder pumping system tank placed in their yard between their septic tank and the sewer line. The tank holds 80 gallons and the grinder sits on top of the tank.
Any Grandview resident with additional questions or concerns are encouraged to call Smith at 304-255-1565.