The Lenowisco Planning District Commission has submitted five area project applications to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to be considered for funding to help public infrastructure and economic development needs within the region.
Three of the projects are in Lee County and two in Wise County.
In Lee County, the application is for $500,000 for the St. Charles Waterline Replacement Project which is expected to cost more than $1.8 million. The St. Charles Water and Sewer Authority proposes further line replacement as a continuation of previous phases of its waterline replacement program to address remaining problematic areas of leaks and deficiencies.
Lenowisco has applied for a like amount for the Frog Level Phase II Water Project which will cost slightly more than $2 million and will complete the installation of new water service in Lee County's Frog Level community to benefit 80 households.
The project includes a water storage tank to allow for future water service to other communities in the surrounding area.
Lenowisco is requesting $60,000 for the LMU (Lincoln Memorial University) DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC) Transformation Strategy Analysis, expected to cost $80,000. Lenowisco seeks to analyze potential complementary businesses and industry development spurred by the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine's DVTC situated in the western end of Lee County.
In Wise County, the ARC is asked for $500,000 for the Tacoma Sewer Project carrying a total project cost of more than $1.35 million. The Wise County Public Service Authority proposes to extend public sewer service to as many as 62 new connections in the Tacoma area located between Norton and Coeburn.
Lenowisco asks $400,000 in ARC funds for the Pound Wastewater Treatment Plant Project carrying a total project cost of more than $2.9 million. The town is upgrading its wastewater treatment plant and collection system.
Lenowisco Excecutive Director Duane Miller said using ARC funds "is critical in the completion of these very worthwhile projects that will help the residents" of the project areas. "We realize that the amount of available (ARC) funds, commonwealth-wide, is very limited, but we certainly wanted to submit applications for all of the projects that may be able to utilize these funds."
ARC funds are available to 25 counties and eight cities in Virginia. Three of those counties are classified as “distressed” and two are Lee and Wise.
Lenowisco Board Vice Chair Joe Fawbush said the planning district commission "continues to be at the forefront in developing strategic and need-based funding applications to serve the infrastructure and economic development needs for the three counties (Wise, Lee, Scott) and city (Norton) that it serves."