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Wood County Commissioner supports Recovery Act money for PSD consolidation

Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 6:14 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Wood County Commission may consider using American Recovery Act money to reach a long-time goal of Commission President Blair Couch.

Couch, for years, has proposed consolidating some of the county’s smaller public service districts.

In particular, it’s been a goal of his since county commissions were given the authority to handle rate increase requests from the PSD’s a few years ago.

Lubeck and Claywood Park Public Service Districts have been before the commission with rate requests-in some cases, more than once-in recent years.

”Claywood Park and Lubeck are large PSD’s,” Couch told us this past week. “But the Public Service Commission in Charleston thinks it’s a worthy goal, and we’re going to involve them in that so we can do it correctly. I think there’s inherent cost savings.”

The commission last summer discussed the idea with representatives of the West Virginia Public Service Commission, while Lubeck at the time had a rate hike proposal pending before the county.

Commissioners will discuss the consolidation idea at their meeting Monday morning.

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