At the time, spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the utility had to withdraw from some projects because it had less funding available for public-private ventures but that she expected more funding to be available in the future.
Putnam will ask the utility for $50,600 for Custer Ridge, $48,300 for Trace Fork/Mud River, and $18,400 for Sigmon Fork. Donat said he's optimistic after preliminary talks with the company.
The county would likely fund the remainder through low-interest loans. The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council serves as a clearing house for water line-extension projects and will direct the county to appropriate loan programs.
Donat said the next step is to begin assembling the team of people who will work on funding applications and submit designs for review. The county didn't take any official action, but directed Donat to begin that process.
"Let's be proactive," Commissioner Joe Haynes said.
In other business, Donat told the commission that businesses in Putnam County are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration in the wake of last summer's derecho.
The loans are meant to "help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster." Businesses are eligible whether or not they suffered physical damage during the storm.
For more information, visit http://disasterloan.sba.gov.
Finally, the commission approved a resolution for Veteran's Appreciation Day. The county's fifth annual Veteran's Appreciation ceremony will be 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the courthouse in Winfield.The Putnam County Commission meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the county courthouse. All meetings are open to the public.