Governor Jim Justice walked into the Robert C. Byrd Center to a warm reception.
He presented a check for $1.3 million which will allow the community to move forward with phase three of its sewer system.
“This will provide for 7,800 linear feet of wastewater mains,” said Governor Justice. “It will create three upgraded pump systems. It will help hundreds of homes, several businesses, the public library, Valley High School and the Robert C. Byrd Center.”
“Phase three will encompass the rest of the community, so that the entire city will have the gravity fed system rather than the vac (system) and that will be much better for our community,” explained Debbie Bates of the Pine Grove Sewer Authority.
The governor addressed the issue of bad road conditions the moment he walked in, saying he can see where more work has to be done.
“And I surely understand your concerns about banging around and all that,” he said. “I totally get all of that.”
Afterward, he helped the mayor hand out certificates for exemplary work to several Pine Grove employees.