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Martha Sparks
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented the Town of Chapmanville with $400,000 in the 2012 Small Cities Block Grant presentations held Wed., Dec. 12, in Charleston. The grant is part of a total $1.5 million grant that will be used to improve reliability and enhance waters services to approximately 963 residential and small commercial customers in Chapmanville and the surrounding area. Total cost of the project is $2.5 million.

Tomblin presented more than $12.5 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 16 other critical infrastructure projects. More than $66 million in other federal, state, and local funds will be leveraged to complete these projects—serving approximately 12,200 citizens, of which nearly 60 percent are low-and moderate-income individuals. More than 5,480 households in these communities will receive improved or new service as a result of these investments.

“The Small Cities Block Grants I presented today will help fund important infrastructure projects throughout our state—directly improving our communities,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Having the necessary infrastructure in place makes West Virginia a better place to live and allows us to further promote economic development. I’m grateful for the strong local support that’s helping these projects thrive.”

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Small Cities Block Grant funds to the state. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages these funds.

Others receiving grants were:

• Boone County Commission received $1,300,000 toward a $2.1 million project will extend water service to the Mud River Cox’s Fork area of Boone County. Approximately 129 new households will benefit from this project.

• Lincoln County Commission received $1,000,000 towards a $6.2 million project that will assist the Lincoln County Commission in providing water service to approximately 240 households in the Big Harts area of Lincoln County and another $200,000 towards a $2.8 million project will extend water service to the Frances Creek, Copley Trace Branch, and Jim’s Branch areas of Lincoln County. Approximately 84 households will benefit from this extension.

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