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Public Service District chairman replaced

November 30, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.

A local agency that controls sewer service in Jefferson County is often closely watched among people who monitor growth issues in the county.

The Jefferson County Public Service District is often closely monitored because sewer service plays a big part in how residential development will proceed.

Last week, the Jefferson County Commission voted to replace the chairman of the Jefferson County Public Service District with a Bakerton, W.Va., resident who has cited concerns about sewage contamination threats to the county's well water supplies.

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By a 4-1 vote, PSD chairman H.M. "Marty" Kable was replaced by Jim Cummins.

Cummins told the commission last Thursday that he is concerned about laying sewer lines across the county's karst terrain where underground streams can run.

Various issues related to sewage treatment crop up in the county and Commissioner Greg Corliss said there has been a problem with failing septic tanks in the county, including along W.Va. 45 near Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Corliss said he is concerned that the PSD and the Jefferson County Planning Commission, which regulates residential growth, are not working together closely enough.

Commissioner Rusty Morgan noted how powerful the PSD is in the county and said he wanted more communication between the PSD, the planning commission and the county commission.

Roger Ethier, a third candidate for an open spot on the public service district, told the commission that one person on the public service district was making all the decisions and there were "two good-old boys going along with him."

Commissioner Dale Manuel cast the sole dissenting vote to replace Kable with Cummins.

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