KEYSER - Forrest Harvey, chief water and sewer operator for the Mt. Top Public Service District located in Mount Storm, asked the Mineral County Commission recently for “any assistance” to help with the purchase of a water pump, with the estimated cost of $6,700.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Forrest Harvey, chief water and sewer operator for the Mt. Top Public Service District located in Mount Storm, asked the Mineral County Commission recently for “any assistance” to help with the purchase of a water pump, with the estimated cost of $6,700.
Although the Mt. Top PSD office is in Grant County, he said the pump is needed for the Elk Garden area, where there are 320 water customers and 140 sewerage customers.
Other than Elk Garden, the Mt. Top PSD supplies water and sewerage services to other West Virginia communities such as Hartmansville and Sulphur City, along with areas located along Route 50.
Harvey said, “Grant County Commission helps each year as part of their budget,” adding that last year, funding was supplied from Grant County to purchase meters.
He also said, “The latest upgrade for the Elk Garden system was completed in 1965,” when new water lines were installed from Sulphur City to Elk Garden.
Harvey said, “Money is tight” at Mountain Top, and, “We don’t want to spend too much” in case an emergency occures along the system.
Commissioner Richard Lechliter said, “We only appoint members” to the Public Service Commissions, as he explained that in Mineral County no funding is given to those agencies.
Jerry Whisner, commission president, said this matter would be part of a later discussion for the commissioners.