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Independence will receive water in 3 to 4 weeks

Newburg collects $920 with spring cleanup project

NEWBURG — After 12 years of planning and work, Independence could soon  be hooked up to the Newburg water system.

Sheena Hunt, executive director of the Region VI Planning and Development Council, said most of the water line has been installed and has been pressure tested.

She said the line should be turned over to the town within three to four weeks.

Hunt said once the project is turned over its just a matter of turning on the water.

The project extends the water line as far as the former Independence School and will provide water to about 22 homes. This is less than half the 70 customers who requested service. 

Newburg has worked toward providing water to the neighboring unincorporated community of Independence since 2008.

Hunt said the town is currently in the process of signing up customers.

At a Tuesday  evening meeting of the town council, Hunt announced  the construction cost for the project was $268,410.20, the engineering fees $18,903.39, and a $300 refund to Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn  for a total of  $287,613.59.

A. J. Burke Construction (formerly Mountaineer Welding & Construction) of Horner is the contractor on the project. Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn Inc. is the project engineer.

Funding for the project  is through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Abandoned Mine Land and Reclamation.

In other business, town clerk Janet Adams said the town collected $920 from it’s spring cleanup project.  She said 52 people participated in the cleanup.

 The next meeting of the Newburg Town Council will be at  6 p.m. Aug. 3.

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