KEYSER - The Keyser City Council voted unanimously this week to sell the former Limestone Dam, which at one time served as the city's source of drinking water.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council voted unanimously this week to sell the former Limestone Dam, which at one time served as the city’s source of drinking water.
“As it sits now, it’s just a liability to the city,” mayor Damon Tillman said, noting that the dam was breached several years ago because it did not meet safety standards necessary for it to be maintained as a dam.
City administrator Amanda Brafford brought the topic up during Wednesday’s meeting, saying she had been approached “to see if the city would be willing to sell it.”
She did not disclose who was interested in purchasing the property, but Tillman noted that city property cannot be sold outright, but must be put up for public auction.
The dam, located near the intersection of Limestone Road and Hooker Hollow Road, was built in 1911, and was used for many years as the city’s water supply.
As federal regulations became more strict about the treatment of water for public consumption, however, the city began drawing its water from New Creek and the dam was no longer used.
Council member Terry Liller noted Wednesday that many citizens have asked why the dam can’t be maintained as a backup water source, but there is currently no way to pump the water from the dam to the filtration plant.
“It is against the law to use untreated water,” he said.
Council member Jennifer Junkins made a motion to put the dam property up for auction, and Eric Murphy seconded it.
The motion passed 5-0.