Chapmanville receives grant award

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

January 8, 2014

CHAPMANVILLE – Back in December 2012, the Town of Chapmanville received a commitment of $1,500,000 in Small City Block Grant Funds for the Town of Chapmanville’s Water System Upgrade Project. The Small Cities Block Grant award was based on the town’s immediate need for funds and $400,000 was made available. Based on the Town of Chapmanville’s ability to proceed with the project, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is committing the remaining $1,100,000 from the FY2013 Small Cities allocation.

The $2.5 million project will improve reliability and enhance water services to approximately 963 residential and small commercial customers in Chapmanville and the surrounding area.

Chapmanville Mayor Jerry Price Jr., commented on getting the money to complete the project.

“Infrastructure is key; not only new projects but the maintenance of existing infrastructure. This upgrade is an example of our leaders’ commitment to the betterment of the Chapmanville community and will provide stability for years to come for our residents and businesses,” said Mayor Price.

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Small Cities Block Grant funds to the state. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages these funds and will monitor progress on the project to be sure it proceeds on schedule.