D. Mark Kiser, chairman of the Sissonville Public Service District, told the July 22, 2014 meeting of the Sissonville Lions Club that the district has started the process of engaging a professional engineer-consultant to evaluate the district’s facilities. Built originally in 1987, the facilities are in their third decade of service. “We need to obtain an evaluation to see what needs to be upgraded before a failure occurs. While I’m sure the results will be more than we can afford, it will help us prioritize our improvement needs.”
Some 1,700 customers are served by the district, mostly residential although it also treats discharges from two landfills in the area as well as businesses and schools. The current rate is $10.25 per thousand gallons of water consumed by the customer. The average residential customer uses some 3,300 gallons per month.
Regarding expansion, Kiser explained that grant money no longer exists as it did twenty years ago. “Today, money must be borrowed for any sewer projects which go through the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, a state entity, for approval.” The Sissonville district, as all districts, is mandated to absorb a cost equal to the first five years of revenue from a new customer which is just under $2,500 for most. Above that, the customer must absorb the cost which isn’t feasible for many projects under the current WV Public Service Commission rules.” The process begins with a customer or group of customers requesting service from the district.
The annual budget for the district is just over $1 million annually, all of which is raised through service fees from customers. The district receives no other government subsidies. Of the total operating budget some 21% goes to pay existing debt which now stands at $1.7 million.
The district serves an area approximately from Edens Fork north to the Kanawha County line with over 30 miles of gravity sewer lines, 755 manholes, 42 pump stations and over 6 miles of force main sewer. The wastewater treatment plant is permitted for up to 600,000 gallons of discharge into the Pocatalico River daily although the typical flow is less than half of that.
Kiser, a chief engineer and licensed remediation specialist with Protesta & Associates of Charleston, has served on the district’s board since about 2005 and is now chairman. Mark, his wife, Angie, and four children have lived in Sissonville for 26 years.
The Sissonville Public Service District is located at 6438 Sissonville Drive, telephone (304) 984-3396. Angie Vealey is the office manager. D. Mark Kiser is chairman and Rebecca Oakley and Randall B. Parsons are the other commissioners. Tom Jett is General Manager.
The Sissonville Lions Clubs meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in the activities building of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. For information on club membership, contact Tom Crouser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (304) 541-3714.