Several damaged wells to be rehabilitatedSethi Ferro Fabrik, a company mining scrap metal in Yekepa, Nimba County, is embarking on constructing over 250 hand pumps and rehabilitate several others in the area and other parts of Nimba, as part of a social initiative toward the citizens.According to Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Mr. Railey Myers, the company decided to undertake the projects, so as provide safe drinking water to the locals.He said a feasibility survey had already been conducted in the areas, where the pumps will be installed or rehabilitated.Concern has been mounting in Nimba, since Sethi began mining the scrap in 2017, as to what benefit will accrue to the county as a result of the company’s activities there.Mr. Myers explained that heavy drilling machines will be used to drill the wells and where the heavy equipment cannot reach, due to road condition, the company will provide what they term as “magic bucket”, which will purify water for residents in those hard-to-reach areas.According to a survey conducted, each well will serve at about 500 persons.“Already, they have begun the drilling in the mining area of Yekepa and will spread to other parts of the county gradually, he said.In the 2018 County Council Sitting, US$3 million was projected to be used to tackle developmental initiative in the county. Of the projected amount, Sethi Ferro Fabrik is expected to provide over US$1 million for the next next 10 months of scrap mining activities, while the rest will come from ArcelorMittal, Northstar (another scrap mining company) and the County Development Fund, among others.It is not clear when the next agreement with Sethi Ferro Fabrik will be reached, because it is almost 10 months since the pronouncement was made at the County Sitting in September 2018.However, the Fiscal Affairs Superintendent Mr. Saye Musah has disclosed that the Government has released about US$600,000 to the county from Sethi, while additional funds are expected to be released soon.He explained that the County needs at least half of the US$3 million projected budget so as begin implementing the development initiative in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pearson, the mother of a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader, joined other parents in voicing distrust for the Hart district. They claim Hart promised to keep their children at West Ranch until a high school is built in Castaic – a plan delayed two years until 2010. Castaic students attended Valencia until West Ranch opened three years ago. “I was stunned at how we as a board were treated during this whole process,” board member Steve Sansone said. Taking the heat for the Hart district, board member Dennis King said it was unfortunate that promises were made that couldn’t be kept. Castaic High was expected to open in 2008, and the two-year delay would have resulted in unmanageable overcrowding at West Ranch, Hart officials said. “When we passed the recommendations, that was the best plan, and it was based on being able to open Castaic High School by 2007-08,” King said. “All boundaries are subject to changes in what develops. There’s never any guarantees.” firstname.lastname@example.org CASTAIC – Surveys were sent home Thursday with Castaic Middle School students to determine how many would opt to attend Valencia High over West Ranch High if open enrollment were offered. The plan to poll families came at a morning meeting Thursday when parents and Castaic school officials gathered to air complaints. Their target was the Hart High School District, which voted last week to change boundaries in the fall, sending Castaic students from West Ranch to Valencia to ease overcrowding. The board of the K-8 Castaic Union School District urged parents to drop ideas of suing the Hart district or recalling Hart board members, but it prodded them to remain vigilant and organized in their drive to keep their options open. “I am so disheartened today,” said a tearful Laura Pearson, Castaic school board member. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!