Sewer funding discussed at Charles Town Council meeting
The Charles Town city council last night took up the issue of what to do with a 30 Million dollar project that the City council had been working on for the past few months. In March a decision was handed down by the circuit court in Martinsburg that stopped public services from collecting fees known as “Capacity Fees“. City council members are mulling over what options they have left. Earlier in the year the Charles Town City Council voted to put up nearly $ 2 million toward a waste water project called Tuscawilla.
According to city records, the project would have a final cost of $30. Million. The first part of the work to be done would have cost $17 million dollars. The project is in limbo until the court case is resolved.
That could be a while, and thus alternate funding is being considered for the $2 million that is now in question. John Stump an attorney who represents the council said “The Supreme Court hearing could take a year easily. You just don't know how long it's going to take these things to turn around."
Stump went on to say that the city could look at several options to pay for the project. Among then would to get $ 2 million from the Federal Stimulus package. Another way to raise the funds would be through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Agency. No decisions were reached.