After several years of evaluation, applications, presentments and set-backs, the $847,000 Yellow Creek-Back Fork water project will actually be bid. Pleasant Hill PSD president Dale Cunningham said contractors have the bid packages and bid day is November 19.

Boyles and Hildreth, engineers for the project, said several contractors are interested in the project. They said start-up clauses would indicate actual construction would likely start in March. "It took three efforts at obtaining a Small Cities Block Grant to make the project financially feasible" they said.

The Yellow-Creek Back Fork water project has been on the drawing board 8-10 years.

A major water line extension of the Mt. Zion Public Service District has already received a commitment from the RUS (Rural Utilities Services) of $2.4 million, of which $600,000 is a loan and $1.8 is a grant.

The total project would cost $3.9 million.

The extension would provide service from Arnoldsburg south on Rt. 16 to an area near the Clay County line. It would also extend service up Millstone, out Sand Ridge, through Sassafras and on to Russett.

If a Small Cities Block Grant was approved for the project, the earliest start date would be by the end of next year, according to Boyles and Hildreth. The engineering firm still cautioned about the lengthy time frames for water projects.

Other water line projects for under-served areas in Calhoun County are in the starting phases.

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