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Stimulus funds to help town water problem

By Staff | Dec 18, 2009

Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer

Some $337,000 of Federal stimulus money will be used to replace a deteriorating water pump on S. King St, according to a proposal before the Shepherdstown Town Council. Meeting in special session on Tuesday night, the Town Council voted to approve the project and the use of the stimulus money to fund it. The Town Council will hold a final reading of the measure on Jan. 12, 2010, during the regular monthly Town Council meeting.

According to Mayor Jim Auxer, the project is eligible to receive Federal stimulus money in part because construction can begin almost immediately, and also because the project is “green”. Auxer says that upgrading the S. King street mechanical water pump to a gravity fed system will save money, cut back on carbon emissions, and will operate more efficiently. According to Shepherdstown Public Works Director Frank Welch, the current water pump on S. King street is “old and falling apart”.

The Corporation of Shepherdstown has already taken bids on the project, with W & L Construction and Paving, based out of Roanoke, Va., winning the contract. If the project is approved by the Town Council in January, then Mayor Auxer says construction will start soon thereafter.