(02/23/2006)
By Jim Cooper, Editor

The Times Record-Roane County Reporter

Public water could be flowing to customers in southern Calhoun County as soon as next year.

A $4.5 million project planned by the Mt. Zion Public Service District received a major funding boost this month with the announcement of a $1.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Tim Meeks, grants coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, said Gov. Joe Manchin has endorsed the project to receive ARC funding this year. The federal government is expected to follow through on the governor's request in the next few weeks.

USDA Rural Utilities had earmarked a $1.8 million grant and $600,000 loan for the project three years ago. An additional $600,000 grant-loan combination from the USDA has been requested to cover expected increases in the cost of construction.

The Spencer engineering firm of Boyles and Hildreth is currently reviewing the project to determine a more accurate cost estimate. ...

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