CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $12.9  million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 15 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia on Monday.  More than $40 million in other federal, state and local funds will be used to complete each project initiative – serving over 11,000 West Virginia residents, most of which are low- and moderate-income individuals. As a result of these investments, nearly 3,500 households in communities across the state will receive new or improved services.

Among the grants was $1.3 million to the Jackson County Commission to help fund a $2.7 million project by the Cottageville Public Service District to extend sewer service to 95 new households in Cottageville. 

Currently, there is no sanitary sewer collection system in the project area and existing households have either substandard or nonexistent septic systems. “This is a blessing for Cottageville,” said Commission President Tommy Nutter who was on hand with a county delegation including fellow Commissioners Dick Waybright and Mike Randolph to receive the grant. “This has been on and off the table since the ‘60s but it has finally come to fruition. It’s really needed for the residents there and with the elementary school in the area. It looked grim for a while, but we are tickled to death to have gotten the grant. We’re about helping our county grow and this grant will help us do that.”

“Today marks an exciting beginning for many anticipated improvements throughout West Virginia,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Economic and infrastructure development efforts, like those supported by the Small Cities Block Grant program, represent a commitment to the future of our state—providing a foundation for future development in our communities and making West Virginia a better place to live.”

 Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds.