Nicholas County Commission discusses Craigsville sewer pump project, reelects Garrett Cole to serve as president

By Matthew Young, RealWV

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. – The Nicholas County Commission, during their regular meeting on Wednesday, reelected Garrett Cole to serve once again as Commission President for the calendar year 2024. 

Upon his reelection, Cole said, “I do appreciate the confidence of my counterparts as we work equally to move this county forward.”

In other business, commissioners heard from Cassandra Lawson, senior project specialist with the Region 4 Planning and Development Council, and Ryan Boustany with Thrasher Engineering, regarding the Craigsville PSD (Public Service District) influent pumping station project. The influent pumping station is the location where the county’s wastewater enters the processing plant to begin the treatment process. At present, only one of the station’s three pumps are operational. All three pumps are expected to be operational at the completion of the project. 

“We have the first resolution for you for the influent pump station project, which is funded by a combination of the Nicholas County Commission at $100,000, and the West Virginia Infrastructure Council at $300,000,” Lawson explained. “The project cost has increased some since we came before you initially. We had hoped that the improvements could be undertaken by one of the contractors that the PSD is already working with on an ongoing sewer project, but unfortunately no one was willing to pick up that work.”

According to Lawson, the Craigsville PSD has committed up to $100,000 in additional funding to the project to cover the increase in cost. Lawson then presented commissioners with an invoice from Scarbro-based Buchanan Pump Service & Supply Company for the amount of $87,795, which the PSD has requested the commission pay. 

“That’s a partial payment,” Boustany advised commissioners. “We withheld a percentage of the payments on the project. The pumps and controls have been delivered. What we did to cut cost and maximize our funds is we bid the pumps out separately, and then we also did that with the material. We’re doing everything kinda individualized.”

“The invoice that you guys are paying now would be just for the pumps,” Boustany added. “Here in hopefully about a month or so, the project will be completed, and we’ll come back to you guys for the remaining funds once everything is installed. We did not want to pay everybody out until everything is up and running.”

Accounting for the increase, Boustany further noted that the anticipated final cost for the project is now approximately $321,000. 

Watch the Nicholas County Commission’s full Jan. 3 meeting, presented by Summersville Community Television.

Left off of Wednesday’s agenda, as pointed out by Cole, was the Commission’s future meeting schedule. While Cole recommended that the commission continue to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m., he also suggested that one evening meeting be scheduled each quarter of 2024.

“That will make us a little more accessible to the public than just a regular meeting,” Cole explained.

All three commissioners agreed to schedule an evening meeting for the second month of each quarter, but chose to table further discussion regarding such scheduling until a future meeting. 

The next regular meeting of the Nicholas County Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

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