WILLIAMSON – At Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Mingo County Commission, a motion was approved that will allow the Region Two Beech Creek Water Project to move forward.
Commissioners voted to approve a motion allowing Commission President Diann Hannah to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Mingo County Commission and the Public Service District that will allow funding to be released for the continuation of the Beech Creek Water Project.
At the last meeting of the Mingo County Commission held Tuesday, February 21, the intergovernmental agreement was presented to the commission. At that time, the commission voted to table the signing of the agreement to allow commissioners further time to review the documents associated with the agreement.
The agreement was then placed on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting. At Wednesday’s meeting, Tina Lockard, with the Mingo County Commission’s Finance Office, stated, “I have that agreement. We have been awarded $1.5 million in a small cities block grant for the public water for the Beech Creek Community. An Intergovernmental Agreement between the Mingo County Commission and the Public Service District must be executed before we can spend that money. The agreement was presented at the last meeting and to give everyone time to review it, we put it back on the docket for today.”
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith responded stating, “Madam President, I am going to move that we approve the resolution and authorize you to sign the agreement.”
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas Taylor and approved unanimously.
Commission President, Diann Hannah explained that executing the Intergovernmental Agreement will enable the Region Two Beech Creek Water Project to move forward. “For everybody that wasn’t here last time, this means that Beech Creek is finally going to get their water provided that 80 percent of the residents sign up that they want it,” Hannah said.
Hannah stressed the importance of Beech Creek residents taking advantage of the opportunity to be provided public water. “This is an opportunity that they do not need to miss. It is hard to tell this will ever come again,” Hannah said.
The next regular meeting of the Mingo County Commission will be held Tuesday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in room 136 located on the first floor of the Mingo County Courthouse.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.