Moriah has closed the books on the Forge Hollow-Elk Inn Road-Stone Street water project with $120,000 left over from a federal grant obtained to pay for the project.
continued The grant, federal money awarded through the state, was approved.
Thanks to the grant, the water project has no impact on the town budget or water rates. The Forge Hollow, Elk Inn Road and Stone Street area residents pay $280 a year for water, the same as other Moriah residents.
The extended water service will help the town as a whole, Scozzafava explained. The new water customers will pay a portion of the costs to operate the water filtration plant, which will lower that expense for others. The water service will also make that area available for construction, which would add to the town tax base.
“There’s a lot of vacant land in that area,” Scozzafava said. “With water available the area can be developed. I hope we’ll see some new homes built there.”