Jackson County has partnered with neighboring Clay County on a project to provide water to at least 28 homes.
Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady said both counties have applied for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to extend waterlines.
“Mayor Reagan over in Clay County has an area that does not have potable water,” Heady said. “He told me that one of the ladies over there has been trying to get city water for 35-years. We’ve kind of teamed up and applied for this as two distressed counties to get water to Mate Allen Road, Sycamore Hollow Road and Snead Hollow Road, which are two other county roads in Jackson County.”
Heady said the county would use the $500,000 to extend waterlines to Mate Allen Road and Tick Road in Clay County.
“It’s probably a little under two miles on our side and little over two miles on their side of putting waterline in,” Heady said. “There are some people out there that really need this water that don’t have it now. Actually, we have some parcels of land that we can’t sell because there’s not city water out there.”
Jackson County Commissioners voted to apply for the grant during Monday night’s meeting. Heady said Clay County Commissioners have already approved a resolution to partner with Jackson County.