Mercer County Commissioners propose a public service district

Mercer County
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Mercer County Commissioners are looking to put in a Public Service District. County Commissioner Bill Archer said the change will help keep the county clean. The big thing commissioners want to tackle is a rundown water treatment plant in Matoaka.

“It’s Wide-Mouth Creek. The affluent or discharge from the plant has to be nearly perfect, and it’s become a problem,” Archer said. 

Matoaka residents will not be the only ones who benefit from repairing the facility. Archer said the entire county will see results if a PSD takes over management of the area.

“It’s important to protect our streams, not only for our recreation like fishing and swimming and kayaking, but also for the better future generations that live here,” Archer explained.

Archer also said commissioners can use this as a stepping stone to better the quality of life in the area for other reasons.

“We could consider doing things like developing hotel-motel complexes and other things in a resort area, much like Pipestem State Park is. We’d like to see those kinds facilities grow like that and we’d like to see the county like that,” Archer said.

The first open reading for this proposal is March 12. Three public hearings will follow. 

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