Pineville Mayor Tim Ellison is asking for the public’s assistance in trying to obtain nearly half-a-million dollars to replace the town’s storm drain infrastructure and to re-pave the streets.

“Our streets and storm drains are in desperate need of replacement and paving,” Ellison said.

“For several years now, the town has applied for a grant to replace the storm drains and resurface the streets — and we have gotten nowhere!” he emphasized.

“The existing storm sewer drains pose a safety hazard to the public as well as difficulty for maintenance,” the mayor said.

“When a heavy rainfall occurs in the community, homeowners in certain areas of town receive storm water in their basements due to the dilapidated storm sewer drains throughout the town of Pineville.

“The situation is continuously getting worse and poses a safety hazard to the residents of the town of Pineville,” Ellison noted.

Town officials submitted a 2009 Small Cities Block Grant application seeking $499,702 for the storm sewer project, but were notified in October that the West Virginia Development Office could not accommodate the request.

“I have asked Del. Linda Phillips and Del. Daniel Hall to send a letter to our congressmen on behalf of the town of Pineville, requesting assistance in securing funds for the storm drain project,” Ellison explained.

Additionally, town officials have sent letters to each of the three federal representatives — U.S. Sens. Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller as well as U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, all D-W.Va.

Officials are also asking for residents willing to sign a letter and send it to each of the congressmen. Residents may pick up copies of the letter, complete with the representatives’ addresses, at town hall Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

To have a copy of the letter e-mailed, phone 304-732-6255, extension 11.

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