PSD votes on site for centralized facility
The West Virginia Public Service Commission recently ordered the Pocahontas County Public Service District to build a centralized facility, rather than a two-part decentralized system.
The PSD voted last week, 2-1, to build the centralized facility at site 7-12 on Snowshoe Drive. PSD Board member David Litsey cast the nay vote, and said he favors a site behind the Inn at Snowshoe.
During the public input portion of the PSD's regular monthly meeting, sides were divided.
“I'm convinced that the decision by the PSC is the wrong one,” said Snowshoe resident Ira Maupin. “I don't believe the single-plant design is the best option.”
Resident Bob Forrest agreed with Maupin's comment.
“I'm disappointed in the situation right now as far what the PSC has done,” remarked Forrest. “I believe that the information that was contained in the PSC material was faulty. At this point I'm disappointed in the system. I'm disappointed in any system that would create a windfall for a few people at the expense of the homeowners and ratepayers.”
“I wish I could say I think the PSC's decision was fair and based on sound science and good facts. I have absolutely no belief in that whatsoever,” agreed Tolly Peuleche. “I think the majority of the people that want a decentralized system have just been ignored. I just couldn't agree more with Bob [Forrest], the system is a huge disappointment to me. I think it's just a microcosm of what's going on in the country.”
Area resident Russell Holt said he was in favor of the PSC's recent order.
“I support the PSC's decision,” said Holt. “What I always wanted was equal access to a public utility. I get accused of everything else, but that's what it's always been about — equal access to a public utility.”
PSD board member Amon Tracey said he has always supported the idea of a centralized plant at site 7-12.
“Everyone know's that been my choice for two years,” said Tracey. “Eighteen months ago we selected site 7-12, and we were working on it. We have spent $500,000 or thereabouts, on engineers and attorney fees in the last eighteen months. I really don't know what we have to show for that. Half a million dollars is gone. We're right back to square one. What have we gained?”