HUSTONVILLE - It takes Melissa Hicks all day to wash a single load of clothing using well water, and long, hot showers are out of the question. The Hicks family home on U.S. 127 South is one of several homes that don't have access to the city water system and after years of hearing promises, they are wondering when their day will come.
Hicks joined James Coffey of Branch View Angus Farm Tuesday to ask City Council members what was clogging up the water line extension project. A $255,000 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission, matched in part by the Lincoln County Fiscal Court, was awarded to Hustonville for the project in the spring of 2003. It had been applied for a year earlier and is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
The nearly three-year lag between the application process and the actual work scheduled to be done had some citizens wondering if they will ever have access to a city water line.