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Ripley awarded $1.05M grant for treatment plant

RIPLEY — The City of Ripley received a $1.05 million grant from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of a sewage treatment plant.

According to City Councilman Rick Buckley, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Alex Mooney, R-2nd, and others wrote letters in support of the grant.

“This agreement is great news for the residents of Ripley,” Capito said. “The funding provided through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Section 571 program will help modernize the city’s wastewater system and reduce the need for rate increases as a result of the project.”

Capito is chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the corps.

The project, started in 2011, will upgrade the lagoon system that is nearly 70-years old, Buckley said.

“We’ve been doing upgrades to our stations in preparation of construction of the plant. The lagoon system is about 10 acres in size, that will be eliminated,” Buckley said. “A regular treatment plant will be constructed. This grant money is for a portion of the phase two project of the overall cost.”

Phase one of the project involved upgrading pump stations, which cost around $12 million and is a small portion of the total project cost.

“It’s a system that is antiquated. The city was having issues staying in compliance. We’ve made some upgrades to help us stay in compliance,” Buckley said.

Since the completion of phase one, they have stayed in compliance, Buckley said.

With the completion of the project, it will pave the way for more business in the county.

“We really can’t add any industrial sites (or) manufacturing without special approval from the (Division of Environmental Protection.) This is important to the city that we make these kinds of changes to help us grow,” Buckley said.

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