Fairmont City Council moves forward with  million sewer project

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WBOY) — The Fairmont City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, which included a public hearing and the approval of a more than $17 million ordinance for a storm sewer project.

That project involves upgrading the Morgantown Avenue storm sewer replacement project as well as addressing acid mine drainage in the area. Construction will begin at the intersection of Morgantown Avenue and Palatine Street.

The council unanimously approved the project with a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the Office of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) and Reclamation.

“There was an abandoned mine in that area where AML had previously done remediation work. Prior to that and during that time, there has been some acid mine drainage being dumped into the system and causing it to deteriorate,” said John Carson, Fairmont’s utilities manager.

Carson added that the project will be funded with AML funds and will replace the current system. He also said that this upgrade will repair some of the sinkholes that have been created from that deterioration.

“There will be approximately 2,000 feet of pipe ranging in diameter from 36 to 72 inches. The area is extremely deep, so we will have to overcome many obstacles,” Carson added.

Any street repairs and utility conflicts that are necessary during development will be considered part of the project. The City will work with Thrasher’s Group on the design to bid the project to a contractor so work can begin.