CARPENDALE – The need for a bridge from Carpendale to Bowling Green became clearer for state representatives as Carpendale Councilman Butch Armentrout attended Mineral County Day in Charleston.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – The need for a bridge from Carpendale to Bowling Green became clearer for state representatives as Carpendale Councilman Butch Armentrout attended Mineral County Day in Charleston.
Armentrout recently reported on the event, sharing how he explained about the May gas line rupture, which prompted a partial evacuation for the town.
“I was really amazed that they didn’t know about it,” said Armentrout of his meeting with representatives of the Department of Transportation.
He noted that members of the Mineral County committee also meet with development officials over needs in Carpendale.
Mayor Casey Lambert noted that he was contacted by Congressman David McKinley about the priorities for Carpendale’s projects.
At the top of Lambert’s list is to secure the CSX property, which the county is helping the town with. Second is the bridge to Bowling Green and third is the biking and hiking trail.
He noted that the CSX acquisition must come first in order to proceed with the bridge and the trail.
Armentrout noted that McKinley has visited Carpendale and continues to follow up with the town.
In other business, Lambert noted that the budget process for the coming year will begin in March. One issue that will be looked at with the budget is the agreement with Ridgeley for police service.
The town’s new water and sewer rates will take effect April 1 under the third and final reading of the ordinance passed this month.  
“Our finances are extremely low, especially on sewerage,” said Lambert, noting that if there would be a breakdown with the system the town would have to borrow money.
Under the ordinance, the water will be $9.77 for 1,000 gallons for a minimum bill of $19.54 for 2,000 gallons.
The sewer bill, which is based on water usage, will be $16.76 for 1,000 gallons for a minimum bill of $33.52 for 2,000 gallons.
Lambert explained that the current minimum bill of $46.20 will increase $6.86 for a new total of $53.06 which is a 14 percent increase on the average water bill and 16.34 percent increase on the average sewer bill.
“The sewer is higher than the water and a lot of that is because of the Chesapeake Bay fee,” he said,