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Cliffview water project funded

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Carroll receives $3 million in grant and loan

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

Carroll’s Public Service Authority has worked for four years to get water to the Cliffview community, and county officials expect the bidding and construction process to take an additional two years.
But public water is on its way, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell and other authority members stressed at a special meeting held in the community on June 20.
Efforts to bring public water to the western part of Carroll — an area of the county that experienced heavy mining operations for sulphur and metals in the last century — have been ongoing for four years, Littrell noted, speaking in a packed fellowship hall of the Cliffview Church of God.

“We talked about the possibility of getting water to this area, and many of you were having problems with your wells and other water sources at that time,” the chairman said.
Staff members estimated that the Cliffview area had a potential of 180 customers.
“To date there have been 149 folks who have signed the agreements for that, which is a phenomenal 83 percent of the potential 180 customers,” Littrell said.
This should come as a relief to many of the residents, he expected.
“Many of you, when you’ve seen me and some of the other authority members,  would ask, ‘Where is the project?’ because some of you were getting pretty desperate for water,” he continued. “And I guess the news that most of you are waiting for — and I think the majority of you will be pleased to know — the project has been funded.”
Rural Development has supplied a 2 percent loan for more than $2 million and a grant of $880,000, about 29 percent of the total project cost, Littrell said. That loan interest rate may be the lowest ever.
The entire project is projected at a little more than $3 million.
A few things still need to happen before construction can begin, including seeking construction bids, Rural Development’s approval of the contractor and closing the loan, which could all take about 12 months to complete, Littrell said. Construction of the system is also expected to take about a year.
“There’s still some time before water comes to your home, but it is coming,” the chairman said.
The authority has a $750 connection fee. Residents who sign up in a timely way can finance that without interest for two years at a monthly cost of $31.25.
Customers will also have to run a connection from the water meter to their homes.
Residents who do not sign up will still have to pay a mandatory fee.
The four members of the authority at the June 20 meeting approved the funding resolution document to receive the loan from the federal agency.