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Star Metropolis in search of funds for $8.5 million stormwater venture

The concept of water working downhill shouldn’t be obscure. 

However the actuality of stopping water from working down hill is each tough and costly. 

Simply ask Star Metropolis. 

The city’s management is actively in search of financing for a big venture that will, amongst different issues, forestall Fenwick Avenue from changing into the trail of least resistance for stormwater each time there’s heavy rain.   

“We’re speaking about an $8.5 million stormwater improve that’s wanted; that’s been wanted. Star Metropolis’s funds is $2.5 million,” Star Metropolis Mayor Sharon Doyle stated. “We’re very aggressively working to get the funding collectively and see what we will do to get this venture transferring ahead.” 

The city’s management employed RK&Ok Civil Engineering to review the problem following extreme flooding in the course of the historic rain occasions in summer time 2021. 

The agency introduced its findings to the Monongalia County Fee in August 2022, explaining Fenwick is principally appearing as a drain for 60 acres of stormwater runoff heading down hill to the Monongahela River.  

A lot of that stormwater originates in Morgantown and a strip of county land between Morgantown and Star Metropolis often called no-man’s land. 

“It is a huge venture,” Doyle stated. “Clearly, Star Metropolis has acquired to be concerned, however MUB’s acquired to be concerned on this, the county, the town of Morgantown has acquired to be concerned.” 

Doyle went on to say the city is taking a look at all doable funding avenues, together with the doable use of increment from the city’s Boyers Avenue TIF district. 

Throughout its most up-to-date assembly, the Monongalia County Fee permitted an engagement letter to retain Piper Sandler as an underwriter/placement agent within the occasion TIF {dollars} can be utilized. 

“We don’t wish to should go that route. It could in all probability be the final resort, however we if want X quantity of {dollars} and that’s an choice and the cash is there, we’ll have to guage that,” Doyle stated.