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Persistence pays off for Powellsville


That’s the feeling in the air here after eight long years of waiting has finally paid off.

The Town of Powellsville has been awarded the remaining $210,000 necessary to construct a nearly $4 million town sewer system to service all of its residents.

Mayor Thomas Asbell is ecstatic at this new development.

&uot;Everybody’s really excited; we have been anxiously awaiting this moment to take place,&uot; he exclaimed.

Asbell continued, &uot;In small towns like us of course this is a great thing… because now I feel like we can move forward.

Without central sewer there’s no growth possible, but now that there is going to be (a central sewer) I feel like growth is finally possible in our great little community.&uot;

News came from Raleigh on Tuesday that Powellsville would be one of 50 communities to receive part of a $26 million pot of money from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Powellsville initially applied for funds to begin the project in 1999 and was approved for a portion of the money in 2001.

Town officials have spent the last six years trying to get the remainder of the money needed to complete the project.

&uot;There have been a lot of trips to Raleigh, but in the end it’s all worth it,&uot; Asbell said.

He went on, &uot;It (the money) will be used for a central sewer system. At this time everybody’s still on septic tanks so we’ll now get to have a central system. This proves that persistence pays off.&uot;

Once construction begins on the new project, Asbell says it will take at least 12 months of physical labor before work can be completed.

&uot;The system will be available to everybody in the incorporated limits of the town, but if any additional funds become available we can expand to outside the town,&uot; Asbell added.

He estimates it will be about 18 months – some time in early 2009 – before town residents can expect to have a fully functioning central sewer system.