PDS buys bank building

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. – The Hancock County Public Service District will soon have a new home.

The district, which provides sanitary sewer services to the unincorporated parts of Hancock County, recently purchased the 1st National Community Bank building in New Cumberland, officials said.

The bank’s sole West Virginia branch closed in December after several years of declining foot traffic.

The building, which sits at the junction of state Routes 2 and 8 in New Cumberland, will serve as the district’s main office, said PSD Treasurer Del Wright.

“We’re moving our office there to be more centrally located for our customers,” Wright said. “We thought it would be a good move for our customer base because it’s more central to our operations.”

The Hancock County PSD serves about 1,500 customers from as far south as Weirton Heights to as far north as Lawrenceville.

PSD officials would not disclose the purchase price, and the title deed does not reflect the price because the sale is not subject to the state excise tax.

PSD attorney Thomas Decapio said the purchase was handled through a combination of bank financing and district funds. “We think we got a good deal,” he said. “It was a deal we couldn’t pass up.”