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New Cumberland moves to seek state loan for sewer projects planning

NEW CUMBERLAND W.Va. — Council passed an ordinance allowing the city to take out a loan for the design costs for the sewer project. The ordinance was passed on third and final reading at Monday’s council meeting.

The public hearing for the ordinance was also held during the meeting, but no one commented. Ryan Ewing from Steptoe and Johnson PLLC attended the meeting to answer questions.

“What we are doing today, is we are moving the ball forward through the ordinance process as required by West Virginia code to properly enact the ordinance that allows us to issue the soft debt to pay off the soft costs. This gets us to actually financing and constructing and handling the project,” said Ewing.

The ordinance allows New Cumberland to borrow up to $350,000 from the state. The loan is for covering the project’s design costs. The predicted cost is $280,000, but the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (IJDC) has not finalized the project’s terms. Ewing explained this ordinance is a necessary step in moving the project forward. He reported the project is on track, but said they will probably be waiting a while for approval from the IJDC.

Once the costs have been finalized the IJDC will set the terms of the loan, and a supplemental resolution will be passed allowing New Cumberland to borrow the money. The supplemental resolution will cover the loan term, cost, interest rate and other aspects of the borrowing agreement. Currently the estimated term is 20 months with a 2.9 percent interest rate.

New Cumberland has committed funding from a $1.835 million loan and a $700,000 grant both from the United States Department of Agriculture. Herbert, Rowland and Grubic Inc is the engineering firm hired for the sewer project.

In other business, council:

— Voted to endorse the Department of Highway’s proposed speed limit changes on Route 2 through New Cumberland. The speed limit will be increased from 35 to 40 miles per hour around the Sparkle Market, and the speed limit will be dropped to 25 miles per hour on the Ridge Road section of Route 2.

— Voted to set Halloween hours between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

— Voted to send City Clerk, Sara Hawkins to a training hosted by the State Auditor on Oct. 16.

— Voted to send Hawkins to a court training hosted by the West Virginia Municipal League on Nov. 7.

— Voted to put part-time employee Kyle Sandy on a month to month contract, council suspects the street department has one to two more months worth of work for Sandy.

— Approved the internal budget adjustment for the street department.

— Approved the Garden Club’s request to hold a book sale on Oct. 17, 18, and 19 in the multi-purpose room in the city building.

— Approved LSW Sanitation to clean out 25 of the city’s storm drain. LSW Sanitation is charging New Cumberland approximately $250 per hour and expects to be done in three days. The predicted total for the project is $5,760.

— Council member Lawrence Binkoski recommend the city buy jersey blockades to place around the road slip on Commerce Street. He also recommended placing stop signs on each side of the slip and making the road wide enough for an emergency vehicle to pass through. This recommendation was made because they are having issues with people moving the road closed signs. Council will vote on this purchase during a special session held on Oct. 15;, tentatively planned to happen between the 4:30 p.m. finance committee meeting and the 5 p.m. water and sewer committee meeting.

— Reported this year’s Riverfest was successful and the fireworks show was very nice.

— Announced they received a thank you from the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau Arts Council for allowing them to use the old city building for the art show the arts council puts on at the Riverfest.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4.

jriedel@reviewonline.com

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