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Complaint filed on Belfry sewer project

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

BELFRY, Ky. (WYMT) - Some folks in Pike County say they have been fighting for sewer service for more than one decade.

Folks in Belfry say 13 years is too long to wait for public sewer service.

"We've tried to be patient. The people of this area have tried to be patient, but at some point you have to say all these red flags are going up," said District 6 Magistrate Chris Harris.

Mountain Water District officials say the only issue is funding.

Since 2009 they have gotten nearly $3 million, about half of what they need, and have considered scaling back plans for the plant.

"The district has been diligently seeking funding for the project over the years trying to get enough to commit to the whole area," said MWD Administrator Roy Sawyers.

Harris says many of the people who would be affected right away by a new sewer system live right in the Belfry area along Murphy Bottom Road, and he says because they do not have waste water systems right now much of their waste is being pumped right back into the streams.

"It ends up in the Tug River, and it gets fed back to us as water," said Harris.

They do not understand why $3 million is not enough, so they filed a complaint putting the whole project on hold until the PSC is finished reviewing it.

"We were ready to close on the project until this issue came up," said Sawyers.

Both sides say they are hopeful the project can move forward soon.

The PSC is currently reviewing the complaint.

Mountain Water District officials say they cannot move forward on any plans until the complaint is resolved.

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