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Charles Town Council reviews water bonds

September 17, 2002|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town City Council Monday night had the first reading of an ordinance to authorize a $7 million water and sewer bond issue to pay for construction of new lines and a water tank for the new Huntfield housing development being built on recently annexed land.

The bonds also will finance the city's purchase of a private water company in the existing Tuscawilla Hills housing development plus a second storage tank.

The project's estimated cost is $5.1 million, City Manager Jane Arnett said.

The money will come from user fees. There will be no increase in local utility bills, she said.

The 3,300-home Huntfield development is being built on 1,000 acres south of the city off old U.S. 340. Another major development being annexed is the 390-home Norborne Glebe project being built south west of the city.

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The two developments will more than double Charles Town's population.

The council Monday also accepted a petition from John Scully, owner of Winchester Cold Storage, to annex his property. It includes a cold storage business and 198 acres which, Scully said, could eventually become a residential development.

The city council also studied a report on the city's waste-water treatment plant.

Arnett said the city pulls 1.1 million gallons of water from the Shenandoah River every day. In the first 12 days of September, the city returned between 833,000 gallons to more than 1 million gallons of treated water to the river from its waste water treatment plant.

The report showed that the amount of water flowing over the city's intake valves during the 12-day period ranged from about 230 million gallons to 290 million gallons. On Sept. 11, 33 inches of water covered the intake valve.

The lowest flow, about 125,000 gallons per day, was recorded in 1930.

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