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Kingwood Council OKs use of ARPA funds by water board

KINGWOOD — Members of Kingwood City Council voted to allow Kingwood Water Board to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for soft costs.

“We’ll still be using some of the funds for its intended purpose, the soft cost of designing clarifier covers. But we want to use part of it for engineering for the downtown mail line, and other soft costs,” Robert DeRiggi, president of Kingwood Water Board said.

Kingwood Water Works (KWW) is the largest water provider in Preston County, providing safe drinking water to 2,959 customers (over 8,000 people) in Kingwood and surrounding areas. In addition to Kingwood, KWW supplies water to Albright and Camp Dawson. It also took over the system operated by Preston County Public Service District 2 in 2018.

In other business, Laura Mazza asked council members if a 4-foot-by-4-foot sign pointing to the proposed site of Wayne’s World of Wonder could be placed at Browns Park. The sign would point down Sisler Street at the trailhead, where a 6-foot-by-8-foot sign marks the spot where the WOW playground will be located.

Board member Bill Robertson said council members will look at the spot to make sure it doesn’t interfere with traffic pulling out of Brown’s Park.

“My concern is that it’s difficult for traffic to pull out from there,” he said. “We’ll look at it and get back to you.”

In other business, council:

  • signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.
  • announced Halloween business trick or treat will be 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 26. The city will send out letters to all businesses asking them to send info to one of three hubs listed in the letter.
  • announced regular trick or treat will be 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The Haunted Tunnel at the Civic Center will remain open until 7 p.m.

The next meeting of the Kingwood City Council will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25.