Director of the Logan County Development Authority, Rocky Adkins, addresses commissioners about millions of dollars recently announced by Gov. Justice and approved by the state Water Development Authority for improvements at the Chief Logan Recreation Center.
LOGAN The Chief Logan Recreation Center was recently approved for millions of dollars for upgrades.
Governor Jim Justice announced $4,500,000 for the rec center improvements and upgrades during his administrative update briefing on Wednesday, May 31.
“These projects will cover 43 different counties in West Virginia,” the Governor announced.
Funding was approved by the West Virginia Water Development Authority and funded by the Economic Enhancement Grant Fund. To date, Governor Justice said the state Water Development Authority has approved 100 projects with a total project cost of $1.1 billion and a state match of $280 million.
Logan County Economic Development Director Rocky Adkins updated county commissioners in Logan on the money and progress of the upgrades at the Chief Logan Recreation Center during the most recent Logan County Commission meeting on Monday, June fifth.
“This project is currently in the architect phase with construction to begin as soon as they have the plans ready to start,” Mr. Adkins said and added the plans could be ready in the next sixty days.
Mr. Adkins also said the county will apply for millions more dollars this month.
“Along with that project,” Adkins told commissioners, “this month we are applying for ten more million dollars in AMLR Grant (Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization). Those funds will further advance development of a unique tourism destination. All of these are culminating to create something that will be an unlike facility in the state of West Virginia.”
The West Virginia Water Development Authority (WDA) manages the Economic Enhancement Grant Fund, which provides matching grants to municipalities for upgrading infrastructure such as water, sewer, economic development, commerce, and tourism projects.
A total of seventeen projects received the green light during the governor's announcement. Funding includes:
Norton, Harding, Jimtown PSD — $1,100,000
This will allow the PSD to complete a part of its water project.
New Martinsville — $548,460
This will allow New Martinsville to complete a $2.7 million sewer project.
Ranson — $588,674
This will allow Ranson to complete a $2.7 million storm sewer project.
Harrisville — $785,000
This will allow Harrisville to upgrade its sewer system treatment plant and collection system.
Preston County PSD — $600,000
This will allow the county to complete upgrades to its sewer system.
Mason County PSD — $960,783
This will allow the county to complete its $25 million project to extend the sewer system to the Apple Grove area and provide sewer extension for Economic Development.
Clay — $1,855,895
This will allow the town to rehabilitate the sewer system.
Cowen PSD — $2,595,050
This will allow the PSD to construct a sewer collection system and also serve approximately 161 new customers. The total project cost is $9,995,050.
Clay County Courthouse Annex — $1,450,000
This will allow Clay County to update and complete the judicial annex after the 2016 flood damaged the courthouse.
Triadelphia — $1,225,000
This funding will allow them to complete $3 million in sewer system improvements.
Charles Town Utility Board — $1,620,000
This funding will allow them to complete an $8.1 million project to upgrade the sewer system collection system project.
Westover — $2,000,000
The funding will allow them to complete an $8.2 million project for the storm sewers, sewer lines, and lift station projects.
Chief Logan Rec Center — $4,500,000
The money will be used to upgrade the Chief Logan Recreation Center.
West Virginia University Research Corporation — $1,500,000
The funding will transform the former Fayette County Elementary School gymnasium into a 5,000 square feet office space as part of the Ascend WV program.
Doddridge County Dept. of Corrections — $1,683,000
The funds will upgrade the wastewater pretreatment plant at the North Central Regional Jail and Correctional Facility.
Mineral County Development Authority — $470,095
This will fund the installation of a fire pump station and upgrade the sprinkler system for a warehouse to support existing businesses.
Sistersville Healthcare Facility — $9,478,015
This $9.4 million grant and additional funding from the Memorial Health System will fund approximately $30 million for a new Sistersville General Hospital.