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Inwood sewer repair project in limbo

May 08, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A decision last month to reallocate state money that had been designated to help address flooding problems in southern Berkeley County has jeopardized a matching federal grant worth $654,800, officials said Thursday.

The West Virginia State Conservation (Agency) Committee on April 7 authorized the return of $4,000 to the Berkeley County Commission and the transfer of $355,000 designated for flooding mitigation in the Inwood, W.Va., area to two other unnamed projects, according to James Moore, one of two supervisors on the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District board.

Moore said the funding will be reallocated for projects in Morgan, Berkeley or Jefferson counties.

The county commission accepted the money it had allocated to the Inwood project on Thursday, but also learned that the state committee's decision left the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District (BCPSSD) without required matching funds for the Environmental Protection Agency grant that Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., helped obtain for the Inwood project in 2003.

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BCPSSD general manager Curtis B. Keller said he was prepared to update county commissioners about the Inwood project, only to be blind-sided by Moore's announcement.

"It definitely puts a serious wrinkle into the project," Keller said after the commission meeting.

At this point, Keller said the sewer district has no matching funds for the EPA grant, which he believes will expire by September 2010.

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