A public hearing on the proposed Public Service District (PSD) No. 2 to extend the boundaries further into Greenbrier County is on hold for at least a couple of weeks. Questions raised at a hearing Tuesday evening came mostly from Lewisburg officials and representatives of PSD No. 1, PSD No. 2\u2019s counterpart in the eastern end of Greenbrier County.\r\n\r\nAs reported in the <i>Register-Herald<\/i>, the goal was to provide public water service to the western end of Greenbrier County beginning from Interstate 64\u2019s Sam Black interchange. The PSD expansion was lauded by county commission President Karen Lobban as both a boost for economic development and a response to requests for residential water service.\r\n\r\nShe said there is already a proposed industrial park at Sam Black, but the site must have water service before it is developed. \u201cEverything is ready to go there; they just need water,\u201d Lobban said.\r\n\r\nPSD No. 2 general manager Kevin Williams said people living in areas from Charmco and Clintonville to Sam Black have requested residential water service. The idea of getting water for the Sam Black area has been \u201cbounced around\u201d at a number of public meetings, said Commissioner Mike McClung.\r\n\r\nTom Oxley, representing Pentree Inc., an engineering firm that is working with PSD No. 2 on the proposed water project, said the immediate plan is to get water to Sam Black, but in the long range, the goal is to serve a much larger area. PSD No. 1 currently encompasses Sam Black, he noted.\r\n\r\nThe goal is to serve as many customers as possible, he said, estimating 500 to 600 new customers are expected from the project\u2019s expansion spanning an area from Rainelle through Charmco, Hines and McRoss. Williamsburg and Asbury are also contained in the proposed expansion area.\r\n\r\nLewisburg Mayor John Manchester and Lewisburg Department of Public Works director Mark Carver asked why the PSD\u2019s boundary should include Alta and Clintonville, since Sam Black is already in PSD No. 2\u2019s service area.\r\n\r\nOxley said that from an engineering standpoint, establishing the PSD\u2019s ultimate boundary lines now will allow for the best planning for phase 1 - the Sam Black water project - by treating it as one component of a larger overall project.\r\n\r\nSteve Hunter, who serves as legal counsel for PSD No. 1, said the problem with the proposal is that \u201cvery little notice\u201d had been given prior to Tuesday evening\u2019s public hearing.\r\n\r\nCriss Haynes, an engineer who works with both Lewisburg and PSD No. 1, said the public hearing marked the first time PSD No. 1 has had formal contact with the county or PSD No. 2 regarding the plan.\r\n\r\nNeither Haynes nor Hunter would give an opinion of the substance of the proposal on behalf of PSD No. 1. Both deferred to an anticipated discussion of this issue by the PSD\u2019s board at its regular meeting, set for 7 a.m. Friday, Apr. 25.\r\n\r\nA vote on the expansion of PSD No. 2\u2019s boundaries is expected at the commission\u2019s next regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 6. That meeting is being held a week earlier than usual in order to avoid a conflict with primary election day activities in the courthouse on the 13th.