The third phase of a multi-million project geared to provide sewer services to hundreds of Floyd County residents is now complete.
The work on the Harold sewer project is now finished, and as part of the effort to officially close out the project, the Big Sandy Area Development District will host a public hearing to review past use of funds and performance at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 8, in the fiscal courtroom at the county courthouse.
Last month, the fiscal court voted to pay more than $307,000 to Boca Enterprises, the company that received the $1 million bid for work on the final phase of this project in 2016.
Planning started more than a decade ago, when the project was called “Pride on the River,” but it took several years to obtain funding.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission granted a certificate of public need for the project to the Southern Water and Sewer District in 2012 and accepted a financing plan that totaled more than $3.7 million for the first two phases. The first and second phases used $1.6 million in coal severance funding, $200,000 in a rural development grant, $765,900 from an state revolving loan fund, $500,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission, $328,200 in an state revolving fund grant and about $355,000 in coal severance funding.
The first two phases — which included construction of a 100,000 gallon wastewater treatment plant and expansion of services to residents in the Betsy Layne area — were completed in 2013, according to Brenda Powers, who oversees administration of the project funding through the Big Sandy ADD.
The work was completed in the third phase for a cost of more than $1.2 million, she reported, The fiscal court received $750,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding, $390,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission Funding and $200,000 in coal severance funding to finish it.
The third phase was completed through an interlocal agreement between the Floyd County Fiscal Court, the Southern Water and Sewer District and the Prestonsburg City Utilities Commission.
Prestonsburg currently maintains the utilities there, while all funding is received and disbursed through the fiscal court.
Powers said changes in the project saved some federal funding. The county sent back $43,154 in unused Appalachian Regional Commission funding and $82,573 in unused Community Development Block Grant funding, she reported.
“In the beginning, when this went from Southern owning it, and then Prestonsburg was managing their sewer projects, some of the inspection dollars came out of it, and Prestonsburg was permitted to do their inspections using somebody on staff. So, that saved the project some money,” she said.
Powers reported that the first two phases provided services to approximately 230 customers, and the recently-completed third phase serves 136 customers in the Betsy Layne bottom, Store Hollow and Lower Hollow.
Service can be expanded in the future, she said, to serve up to 1,500 residents in the area.