After Water System Fix, Rainelle Struggling With Loan Payments

RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) -- Since the summer season of 2016, Rainelle residents have had clean and clear water. But the year-long project leading up to it has come with a hefty price tag for mayor Andrea Pendleton.

"We owed a bond on them and some construction fees," Pendleton said. "It's for our whole community that's on our water line."

In 2015, more than $2.6 Million dollars were loaned to Rainelle from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is set to be paid off in 40 years.  With a monthly payment of more than $8,000 due in April 2018 and no sufficient local resources of revenue, city leaders say they have no choice but to give people who live in Rainelle a 30% increase in their utility bills.  A motion to do just that goes before the city council on January 22nd.  If approved, the average household will pay $7.65 more each month on their bill.

"Water is expensive everywhere," Pendleton said.  "Drinking water is one of those things. Just like you need power, you need water. I completely understand, but our thoughts was not to have this."

Pendleton says the motion is expected to pass, but they are ready to listen to any concerned citizens.  However, at the end of the day there is still a price to pay.

"Understand we got to do what we got to do," Pendleton said. "We got to do it."


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