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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and I TkRMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE All Wednesday, November 14, 2018 By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - A ground- swell of opposition that arose this summer to the Rockwool factory be- ginning to force hard choices. Anti-Rockwool activists are urging leaders to reject two free infrastruc- ture funding deals from the West V'tr- ginia Department of Commerce, acts of defiance that will inevitably trigger a rate increase for the city's and the county's utility customers, utility of- ficials said. Moreover, turning down the fund- ing deals still won't stop Rockwool from obtaining the water and sewer services its factory needs, they said. "I've mentioned it at meetings many times voting down this ze- ro-percent interest guaranteed loan [from state officials] will not stop Rockwool," said Charles Town City Council Member Mike George. George serves as a council repre- sentative to the CTUB board who has worked for months to help negotiate merging Ranson's sewer system and operations of the Jefferson County Public Service District into Charles Town's larger utility system. That consolidation included taking on Ranson's previous obligations to build a city sewer line to the Rock- wool factory, he said. Last week, 12 members of the Jef- ferson County Development Authority "I've mentioned it at meetings many times voting down this zero-percent interest guaranteed loan [from state officials] will not stop Rockwool." ! MIKE GEORGE Charles "lbwn City Council member I resigned just as they were preparing to Snyder said such a move would vote on a $7 million West Virginia De- only leave current and future JUI cus- partment of Commerce funding pack- tomers with higher water rates in the age to cover the cost of a water line ex- future. tension to the Rockwell factory. On Dec. 3, the Charles Town City The line would be operated and Council will vote on to either take eventually owned by Jefferson Utili- state's cost-free deal to build a high- ties, Inc. in Keameysville. The project capacity sewer line that will serve the also includes erecting an 800,000-gal- factory. The other option would have Ion water storage tank, and water ser- Rockwool build or finance the line on vice to the Fox Glen subdivision and its own. North Jefferson Elementary School. Jane Arnett, manager of CTUB, said Lee Snyder, the owner of Jefferson how much the rate increase would be Utilities, said turning down the state's isn't known yet. But if the City Coun- funding package will not stop Rock- cil decides to forgo the state's financing wool from building its plant. He said, offer, the question will not be whether as with sewer, the company will find but how much of a rate increase utility another way to access the thousands customers will absorb, she said. of gallons of water it needs daily to Last month the City Council was pre- operate its facility, even through an- sented with three choices over the new other arrangement with JUI. six-mile, approximately $10 million sewer line that would run from Charles Springs Transmission Project to up- Town to the 130-acre Rockwool site. grade an aging sewer system serving Accepting the sewer line funding from various businesses and homes, includ- the state would require the city to au- ing the Breckenridge development in thorize a bond that would amount to a Shenandoah Junction, Amett said. long-term interest-free loan. The Flowing Springs Project now Rockwool could also build its own serves customers of the Jefferson separate sewer line connected into the County Public Service District, which city's utility system. Both alternatives CTUB is legally taking over. would lead to higher rates for current Savings over the project would be and future customers of the city util- lost if Rockwool built the sewer line. ity, CTUB officials have said. The two systems could not be built Under the so-called Rule 5.5, a pro- so that they could be integrated to vision sometimes used by developers, achieve operational efficiencies, Ar- Rockwool would be able to construct nett said. the sewer line itself, Amett said. As another possible option allowed The West V'lrginia Public Service by the PSC, Rockwool could build Commission calculated the company's the sewer line that would serve only fair cost to build the sewer line at $9.5 its factory, and not other future cus- million and the city would have to pay tomers, Arnett said. the remaining costs. The PSC deter- That option would prevent the com- mined that Rockwool would then get pany from recovering its construction all of the proceeds from future utility costs from service-rate revenues from customers that use the sewer line over additional future customers, she said. the next decade, Arnett said. That option would also eliminate Another significantprovisionin the any cost savings for the Flowing PSC's decision would require CTUB Springs Project, and it would forgo a to pay the cost of maintaining the major sewer line that could serve fu- sewer line, Arnett said. ture commercial growth and residen- Those construction and mainte- tial development in Jefferson County. nance costs over a decade could be Asked what the rate increase would. considerable - enough to require a be for city and county utility custom- rate increase, she said. ers if the Charles Town City Coun- The sewer line would serve current cil turns down the state's offer to fi- a~nd future commercial and residential nance the sewer line, Arnett said there development in the county. It would are too many variables to work out to' also save CTUB about $1.6 million know that amount now. in costs toward a $7 million Flowing "It's a big question mark," she said. shaped my view of how to govern and how to Brown FROM PAGEA5 serve." She has worked with the state AFL-CIO on lic servant," Brown says. "The labor movement projects related to health care employment. has not had the wind at its back for a long time. Brown has been a labor organizer on state There is an anti-worker agenda, and most la- and national levels. "It has been a rough and bor organizers don't look like me. It is a pre- tumble experience--and very useful, espe-. dominantly male spac.e, and yet I have leamed cially in working in politics in West Virgin- negotiation skills, and had allies and mentors. I ia. The government is gridlocked, and people have learned to develop actions that have poll- no longer feel the need to listen to each other. cy impact. The labor movement has definitely That needs to change. We need to communi- cate with each other, and with our constitu- play environment is wanted here. ents. I hope to work in a way in which the "I think that is why the board of the JCDA needs and wants of the people are able to meet resigned together--there was recognition that the features and benefits' of a particular gov- the decision [to invite Rockwool] was not in emment policy." accord with the values set that operates for a Brown supports the efforts to prevent the majority of people who live here." Danish manufacturing company, Rockwool, As Jefferson County's newest state lawmak- from building a major heavy industry plant in er, Brown wants to represent the values of the Jefferson County. She says that the Jefferson majority of her constituents. 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Salgado Thomas P. Mankowich and to Charles T. Rice and United Bank to Louie A, Lee Christine A. Mankowich to Brenda A. Rice; LT 126, II1 and Yamile T. Lee; LT Charles L. Balzli and Jes- SEC II; Kabletown District; 2368, SEC 23-1; Kabletown sica M. Balzli; LT 41, SEC $330,000.00 District; $259,000.00 2; Harpers Ferry District; $318,000.00 Fredd Chinn and Diana Chinn to Ryan Braithwaite; Michael S. Arant and Linda LT 15, BLK 108; RansonR. Arant to Nicholas Sti- Corporation; $125,000.00 panovic and Kelsey Propps; PCL P/O Sites Farm, CT Donald W. Painter Jr. to 4.605 ACS; Middleway Dis- William J. Ault; LT 4, sEC trict; $275,000.00 3, T/W Water Rights, Read Document; Shepherdstown Chad Dinges to Steven J. District; $119,900.00 Deschaine and Amber R. Deschaine; LT 195, PH 2B, SEC 1 B; Charles Town Cor- poration; $301,000.00 Law Office of Kathy M. 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