CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro moved one step closer to completing four sewer replacement and expansion projects after its city council voted to fund the design of the projects on first reading Tuesday night.
In Nitro's case, bonds financed in part through the West Virginia Clean Water State Revolving Fund will end up financing the project, but before the bonds can be issued, design work needed to be completed.
Thus, the city will pay up to $1.09 million for the design work and associated costs up front, but funds from the bond issue will repay the city, Treasurer John Young said.
The $8.35 million sewer project will replace and extend lines in and around Nitro, including a main line running from near Nitro High School to the Nitro-St. Albans bridge, parts of which are close to 100 years old.
"We expect the bonds to be issued in about one year," Young said.
Once the bonds are issued and funding is secure, work can begin, which will take about a year and a half for all of the projects to be complete.
The ordinance funding the design work must be passed again on second reading before taking effect. In addition, a public hearing must be held. Both are planned to occur at council's next meeting on Sept. 7.
■ Gave initial approval to an ordinance raising fees for city workers to respond to nuisance violations.