CARPENDALE – The new year may mean water and sewer increases for Carpendale as reserve funds get extremely low.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – The new year may mean water and sewer increases for Carpendale as reserve funds get extremely low.
Each month the town pays out $11,000 toward paying off the loans originated to install the water and sewer systems.
With the sewer loan scheduled to pay off in 2024 and the water in 2027, there are many years of payments still ahead, along with maintaining the operation of the systems.
“Our water fund is lower than it’s ever been and the same is true for the sewer,” said mayor Casey Lambert.
Lambert told residents this week that the council will have more information at the January meeting.
“I don’t want to do that, but as a town it’s something we have to do,” he said of the increase.
Lambert explained that the Public Service Commission recommends increases every three years, but that out of concern for the residents it has been seven years since the town had an increase.
In other business, the council adopted the Region VIII Planning and Development Authority’s hazard mitigation plan and joined West Virginia counties and towns with the proclamation of Christian Heritage Week as designated by Governor Jim Justice for Thanksgiving week.
Police chief Jake Ryan presented a contract to continue police services in Carpendale by the Ridgeley Police.
The contact will be re-negotiated in the spring for the new budget year starting July1, 2019.
Ryan also introduced new Officer Ed Pfaff and reported on 19 calls for the month including trespassing, breaking and entering, warrants and traffic stops.