MORGANTOWN — After receiving Monongalia County Fee approval earlier this month, Morgantown Utility Board and Cheat View Public Service District collectively utilized this week for Public Service Fee approval of consolidating Cheat View’s waterworks system into MUB’s.
As beforehand reported, Cheat View reached out to MUB after two of its longtime leaders, Glenn Staddon and Allen Colebank, handed away in 2023.
MUB Basic Supervisor Mike McNulty stated Dec. 6, when the County Fee gave its approval, that the merger represents the pure subsequent step in a relationship that stretches again greater than 20 years.
“We already do the billing, gathering, meter studying,” he stated. “We did a variety of upkeep out within the service territory, and 80% of these clients are already our clients. They’re our wastewater clients. So, it is a nice alternative for everybody.”
The 2 utilities set the formal PSC course of in movement in Might, by collectively searching for an Working and Upkeep Settlement, permitting MUB to imagine all operations of Cheat View’s system. The PSC authorised the settlement on Oct. 20.
This week’s submitting reveals that MUB serves about 27,800 clients all through Mon County whereas Cheat View serves about 4,300 Cheat Lake-area clients.
Cheat View’s system is contiguous with MUB’s, and since 2014, MUB has supplied billing, meter studying and assortment providers to the PSD. MUB provides handled water to Cheat View for resale to its clients.
The utilities famous that the O&M settlement is to stay in place till the consolidation.
Beneath the phrases of the O&M Settlement, MUB assumed full accountability for all operations of the District’s Waterworks System.
The District has no excellent bond-related debt and as beforehand reported, the consolidation may have no impression on ratepayers.
Upon closing of the consolidation, Cheat View’s belongings will change into the property of MUB.
They record a pair benefits to the merger. One, it is going to “promote elevated effectivity within the operation of the water providers all through Monongalia County, guarantee applicable continued upkeep of water services, present the wherewithal to enhance present service programs and create applicable circumstances and capability for the anticipated continued development in service wants within the space.”
And two, MUB might be ready to make enhancements and upgrades to raised function Cheat View’s system. “Via MUB’s confirmed and skilled administration staff, will probably be ready to make sure the continued viability of the district’s waterworks system.”
EMAIL: [email protected]