Work for a water line extension project in Jackson County is set to begin this spring.
Mayor Randy Heady said communities on Mate Allen, Sycamore Hollow and Sneed Hollow Roads will benefit from the work.
“There’s residents I know that are out there that don’t have potable water at this time,” Heady said. “They are having to relay on a spring or a well, so we are going to get water to those residents in the very near future.”
Heady said the engineering and easement work for the project has been completed. The county now needs approval from the state Department of Economic and Community Development to move forward.
“Once we led out the project, of course that is done through the Jackson County Utility District and the engineering firm that they have contracted it,” Heady said. “They should led this project out in the next 30 days to 45 days.”
Heady said the extensions are made possible through a $500,000 Appalachian Region Commission Grant. Heady said he anticipates the water lines to be installed by December.
“Through the summer month it should go pretty quickly,” Heady said. “There’s not horrible digging on the Mate Allen side. So, it should go fairly well. When we get to the other two projects, hopefully it will go smooth.”
Jackson County has another $95,000 Appalachian Region Commission Grant to improve sewer. Heady said the scope of work is not known right now as more information is gathered. Each grant was 80 percent provided with a 20 percent county match.