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PUB approves part of sewer project

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board voted Tuesday to proceed with the design of one part of a sewer extension project.

The board approved moving forward with the Hill Avenue part of the project and opting to wait on the Marrtown Road portion to get funding into place.

The extension in the area west of U.S. 50 in the vicinity of Marrtown Road has been on the utility board’s radar for a couple years. Requests for service are related in part to enforcement actions by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department regarding failing septic systems.

The utility already provides water service in that vicinity.

The projects, which are supposed to extend sewer lines to over 70 homes, were broken up into two projects with officials trying to secure different funding for each part. The Hill Avenue project covers around 25 new customers and the Marrtown Road project covers around 47 new customers.

About Hill Avenue, Utility Board Manager Eric Bennett said the board was trying to get Community Development Block Grant funding through the state for the $1.2 million project.

Bennett said CDBG funds have to be applied for every year. The project wasn’t selected for the current year. The application through the Wood County Commission will be done again.

With the Marrtown Road project, estimated to cost around $3 million, officials are trying to secure funding through a grant with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Bennett said the Utility Board has a better shot at getting CDBG money if it was ready for construction.

”The board voted to go ahead and complete the design work on the Hill Avenue project,” he said. ” We are better off to have the design done or in process.”

Design and engineering work is not expected to exceed $141,000, officials said. The board will be paying for design.

The Marrtown Road project will proceed upon verification and approval from the Corps of Engineers.

”If we get verification from the Corps, it is very likely the board will approve that design agreement as well,” Bennett said.

The engineering firm of Burgess & Niple will do the design for both projects.

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