CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha County commissioners voted to allow the Regional Development Authority to expand water service to a section of Fayette County during a special meeting Tuesday.
The Collinsdale water project will extend into about 2.5 square miles of Fayette County in the Mahan area, Project Manager Colt Sandoro said.
The $4.1 million project will provide water to about 53 customers in Kanawha and Fayette counties. Twenty-seven are in Kanawha County around Collinsdale and Paint Creek, Sandoro said.
"The majority of this money is coming from the Abandoned Mine Lands fund," he said.
About $3.9 million is coming from the federal fund, according to figures provided by Sandoro.
The state Infrastructure Jobs Development Council provided $100,000 for the water extension, and the commission allocated $100,000 in coal severance money.
The county will ask for more funds from the West Virginia Turnpike Authority because the project could provide service to two travel plazas, Sandoro said.
The commission will ask the state authority for about $65,000, Sandoro said. The county would then have to provide only $35,000 in coal severance money if the authority contributes to the project, he said.
Sandoro said the project would benefit both counties by fostering economic development along the Turnpike.
"It's time we erased these imaginary lines on a map and did something that was good for the public," Carper said.
The Kanawha County Regional Development Authority administers water projects, Sandoro said. The projected completion date is late 2014, he said.
Commissioners also discussed another topic dealing with water.
The Pratt Water Co. has been suffering financially for months, and officials have been working to get West Virginia American Water to take over the beleaguered city-owned water works.