Berryville holds public hearing on water expansion

Friday, March 21, 2014

BERRYVILLE -- The City Council again discussed expanding its water services on Tuesday night as part of a public hearing on the matter.

No citizens came forward to speak for or against the project at the meeting.

With the assistance of Cassie Elliott, a private grant consultant with Visionary Milestones, Inc., the city is starting to apply for grants to help fund the expansion.

"We wanted to get started to get the funding rolling," Elliott said of holding the public hearing, a requirement in applying for grants.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney previously said the project will cost about $8.7 million, with about $1.95 million coming from a loan and the rest from grants.

"Our current rate structure and new customers would cover that," McKinney said of the loan.

While officials would ultimately like to expand water service in all directions, the mayor discussed where they would like the project to start at Tuesday's meeting.

"We'd like to start on the west side of town," McKinney said. "The other area is where the Johnson Springs line runs."

Elliott added that they would know the status of their grant applications by July or August and move forward from there.

In other business, the Berryville City Council:

* Approved the city's monthly financial report for February. The city received $115,190.29 from the one-percent sales tax, down from the February 2013 revenue of $130,545.29.

* Approved a request for use of Pioneer Park on May 2 and 3 as part of the Carroll County Historical Society's "Night at the Museum" event. The request included shooting off blank rounds from muskets and a cannon as part of a reenactment.

* Tabled a request to add street lights on McKennon Street from residents in the 1300 block. The council members wanted more time to review the situation.

The next Berryville City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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