Water and sewer.

These are the only two words needed to describe a list of nine community projects the Raleigh County Commission voted Tuesday to endorse.

“We feel these water and sewer projects are much needed and are definitely the priority for Raleigh County,” commission president John Aliff said. “We want as many county residents as possible to have good public water and sewer services.”

Commissioners said the priority order for the project doesn’t necessarily mean they will be funded or completed in that order.

“As funding comes in for these projects, it is used,” Commissioner John Humphrey said during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Humphrey said a community priority list is required when applying for Small Cities Block Grants.

“The ... grants provide the majority of funding for these projects.”

Aliff said the county looks for every available source of funding.

“We look for other types of grants and public service district loans to complete these much needed water and sewer projects.”

Topping this year’s list is the Shady Spring sewer project, which already has $1 million in committed funds. The project is estimated to cost a total of $4.15 million, Aliff said.

“This would provide 250 homes with public sewer service that are not currently being provided,” he said.

Second on the priority list is the Crab Orchard/MacArthur PSD sewer project.

“There is partial service now and this project would provide 320 more homes with public sewer services,” Aliff said.

The cost of the project is estimated at $2.5 million and currently has no funds committed to it.

The approximately $4.7 million North Beckley PSD project, which would provide service to the Phase III Lanark area, is listed third on the list. It would bring public water service to 290 homes.

The fourth priority is listed as the Drews Creek/Peachtree Creek water project. It is estimated to cost $350,000 and would benefit 102 homes.

The fifth priority is the Mount View/Streeter water project, which would bring water to 175 homes along Mount View Road. The estimated cost is $2.1 million.

The sixth priority is the Bradley PSD sewer project. The approximate $4.2 million project would bring public sewer service to 260 homes.

The seventh, eighth and ninth priorities are all water projects.

The Posey Saxon water project would bring public water service to 20 homes and is estimated to cost $300,000. The South Sandbranch water project would give 26 homes public water at an estimated cost of $798,000 and the East Gulf water project would bring public water to 50 homes at an estimated cost of $900,000.

“Prioritizing community projects is something we do on an annual basis,” Aliff said.

— E-mail: fpace@register-herald.com

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