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Governor Presents Grant To The Town Of Pine Grove

By Staff | May 1, 2019

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice presents Pine Grove Mayor Richard Price with grant funding to complete the final phase of the communities sewer upgrades. Looking on are other city, local and state officials.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was in Pine Grove, WVa., on Thursday for a special presentation to the community of funds to complete the final stage of their sewer system upgrade. Pine Grove Mayor Richard Price, other community leaders, and state and local officials were on hand for the presentation state held at the Byrd Center. Governor Justice commented he has driven across more of the roads and can see where there’s more and more work that has to be done. He stated that he “surely understands the concerns”.

However, he noted today was a special day for the community of pine grove as he was there to present Mayor Richard Price with the funds through a grant in the amount of $1,030.044 for completion of the phase two sanitary sewer improvement project. The total project involves 7,800 linear feet of wastewater mains, and includes three upgrade duplex pump systems.

The grant will help hundreds of homes, several businesses, the high school and the Robert C. Byrd Center. Justice said that most of the grants he is presenting are for improvements to waste water, sanitation or water itself. He said, “until you don’t have water or the proper sanitation, you couldn’t even begin to realize what people go through”.

The community development block grant that the town of Pine Grove received was 1/13 of the total state grant monies distributed throughout West Virginia. He said “we in W.Va. are way better than we were two and a half years ago. But, and it’s a great big but, there’s still lots to do. Lots and lots to do. There’s still a lot of people that are hurting out there”.

“We are very thankful for Governor Justice and the help the state has provided to our little community. We would not be able to meet the needs of the town without it,” Mayor Richard Price stated. ” We have been working towards this day for the past year and now we can get to work and have a system that works for all of our citizen.”

Price said he wanted to recognize the town employees for their hard work and dedication to their jobs.

Awards were given to City employees Donald Blake, Billy Burckure, and Zachary Bassett for excellence in maintenance. Debbie Bates was honored for her excellent dedication to the Town of Pine Grove sewer board.

“The Town is grateful for the grant whih will allow us to move in the right direction for our citizens and businesses, ” added Price.