Carroll County’s Public Service Authority (PSA) on Sept 29 celebrated clean, safe water being available to the Cliffview Area.
PSA Chairman Dr. Tom Littrell called the group out of recess from its September 12 meeting at the informal ceremony held at the Cliffview Church of God.
“It is certainly gratifying to see all of you in the audience tonight. This is a very exciting and long anticipated day for most of you if not all of you because I know many of you for years have struggled with water that was either poor (quality) non-existent, tasted bad, had stain in it or something and it was difficult to drink and do your clothes,” said Littrell. “You’re just moments away from having good, clean water that’s something you can count on from day to day and hour to hour. I want to thank everybody’s patience. It seems like anything you do in government takes a lot longer than you anticipated and it took longer than I anticipated.”
Littrell next told the group the project was first mentioned in a PSA meeting in January of 2008. A sign-up meeting was held on December 9, 2008 at the Church with 85 to 90 people attending “that meeting and were very anxious to get underway.”
“It took from that point until June of 2013 to get funding for the project, then from that point until now with the bidding, the easements and all that takes place between that point of actually turning on the tap took about three years and three months. It took longer than we anticipated but at least the day was finally here,” Littrell said. “I would like to thank the staff who has worked so hard and so long. Jessica (Montgomery), Dana (Phillips), Debbie (Frost), our contractor and our funding sources that helped us get this project underway and completed at this point. And of course the PSA members. We don’t have a quorum here (PSA members Jeanette Dalton and Keith Meredith were in attendance) but we didn’t anticipate any business. We’re here to celebrate the Cliffview Water Project coming on line.”
He said photos on display showed when first clearing the new water lines and children came running to play in the water. Another photo showed cattle on a hillside drinking the water. Other photos were taken from the water tower, which tank is on line now, enhancing fire protection. Littrell said he was aware water filtration systems in Cliffview homes were hard to maintain and the residents’ water supply frustration from wells. He said it is now complete and they can start connecting to the system.
According to Littrell, the water line project is approximately 61,000 linear feet of 8-inch and 6-inch water lines, a 100,000-gallon water storage tank and adds 200 additional customers for the PSA service area. Lincoln Road and portions of Fries Road into Grayson County will be completed very shortly. Total cost of the project came to $2,244,968 and is projected to be paid back by user fees. Dalton said she was glad to have residents there and she was sure they will enjoy being able to use good, clean water.
“Dr. Littrell, I’m new to the board as of this year, however it’s good to come on board when there are a lot of positives. We have plenty of negatives but this is a positive,” said Meredith. “I think the community will be very well served.”
The trio poured water from the new system into glasses and invited residents to toast the “turning on of the tap,” which was followed by applause. Littrell said “here’s to the completion of the water project” and remarked it had a good flavor. Meredith’s reply was “Tastes just like water.”
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.