Water district to seek funds to extend service

September 2, 2018

SOUTH POINT, Ohio - The newly formed Lawrence County Rural Water District will seek grants to apply for funds to extend water service where possible to rural residents currently without fresh water.

During an organizational meeting last month, the board agreed to send a letter to all the township trustees in Lawrence County, asking their cooperation in getting the addresses and number of houses with wells or getting water hauled in.

Dave Lucas was appointed president of the board, Lindsey Pemberton was appointed vice president and Kelly Brock was appointed secretary of the board.

Lucas will send the letters to trustees and seek a response within two weeks.

County Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr. also will serve on the board.

“There’s a good chance we can get funded,” Hayes said. “It’s not a quick process. It could take a year or more to hear about requests for funding.”

The board initially will seek to get water service to residents currently without service on County Road 120 (Macedonia Hill Road), Hayes said.

About 40 families along the road don’t have a public water source. The area is without service from private water districts due to the cost of extending service.

Earlier this year, Lizbeth Brammer asked the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners to form a rural water district to help residents get fresh water. She told county officials she has to have water hauled to her home.

Lucas earlier said there are 165 miles of county roads without access to running water. The district isn’t intended to compete with existing water suppliers around the county, Lucas said.

The rural water board also will seek to extend water to residents in Aid and Mason townships, Hayes said.

Pemberton said he will invite a grant writer to the next board meeting, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the South Point Town Hall.

It also was discussed that the water board will remain nonpolitical and nonpartisan, according to minutes of the meeting.

“All residents of Lawrence County having access to public water is the goal of this board,” according to officials.

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