Keyser City Council gives go-ahead to pursue $1M litter shed
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council last week gave the go-ahead to pursue construction of a litter shed at the city’s wastewater treatment plant for an estimated cost of just over $1 million.
Mayor Damon Tillman brought up the subject during the council’s Aug. 12 meeting, saying the shed would allow the city to store the sludge from the sewer plant and cut down on the number of trips to haul it for disposal.
“We are currently hauling sludge to Tucker County two to three times a week at $700 each time to dump it,” he said.
Tillman said the two possibilities included a 50x80 building with a “stick frame and concrete floor,” or a silo, which he described as “expensive and has a lot of maintenance to it.”
He felt the first alternative was a better choice, and it comes with a pricetag of “a little over a million dollars.”
“It’s got drainage, and it’s protected all the way around,” he said, adding that the projected cost “includes money for end loaders or backhoes.”
Tillman said the city will look to secure grants from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (IJDC) as well as a loan from the West Virginia DEP.
Council member Jennifer Junkins made the motion to pursue the proposal, and Mike Ryan seconded it. The motion passed 5-0.
In a related issue, then-city administrator Amanda Brafford said the city is continuing to work on grant money to be used toward the purchase of a sludge truck.
The purchase of the truck has been an ongoing issue since the last administration.