Utilities at Broomgrass include:
- Power and Telephone- The developers of Broomgrass have provided underground conduits to each lot for the local utilities which provide power and telephone service to the area. Transformers and telephone junctions are set at the time owners request service.
- Internet and Television– Internet service is available to residents via satellite, microwave and cellular phone providers’ hotspot. Television is available via satellite.
- Water- Each owner is responsible for drilling their own well. Well units should be located on the individual’s lot. However, under extreme circumstances, the well may be located on common land.
- Sewer- In order to avoid ground water contamination, Broomgrass design standards call for owners to install a “home aeration unit” (HAU) or bio-kinetic system. The Norweco Singulair system and a constructed wetland (approximately 10′ X 10′) to disperse the water is one option to treat waste water .
The HAUs are typically a three-chamber tank which aerate the water and are close in size to a standard septic tank. Manufacturers of these units note that the effluent is clear and odorless. Using a sand bed and water plants, the constructed wetland is easily formed and will serve as a sanctuary for wildlife. The Berkeley County and West Virginia State Health Departments have approved this method of processing waste water.
The 16 Owners of Broomgrass will each own their one-acre homesite (fee simple) and an interest in the remaining 304 acres as a member of the Association. The development rights to this land were conveyed as an easement to a regional land trust on April 25, 2005. The restrictions were recorded with the County Clerk’s Office as a Deed of Easement and will apply to the land forever. This action protects the land in perpetuity and ensures that this land is taxed at the farm-use tax rate. The farm use tax rate is far less than the residential property tax rate.
Broomgrass is located in the Back Creek Elementary School District which serves 141 students and offers an average class size of 19. An $800,000 renovation and addition was completed in the summer of 2004. Students in grades 4and 5 will attend the $6,625,000 Mountain Ridge Intermediate School (2005). This school housed 357 students during the 2012-2013 year and provides state-of-the art classrooms, a computer lab, music, art, media center, dining area and multi-purpose room. Musselman Middle School and High School are located in Bunker Hill about 15 minutes from Broomgrass. Musselman Middle (1999) served 1157 students from 2012-2013 in grades 6 through 8. Musselman Middle School was named a West Virginia Blue Ribbon School for the 2001-2002 school year and earned the WV School of Excellence title in 2000-2001. Mussleman High School (1998) served 1467 students during the 2012-2013 school year and offers a pupil-teacher ratio of 13:1.
Broomgrass probably feels like home already, so it’s time to meet some of your new neighbors! Visit The Developers to read how Matthew Grove and Lisa Dall’olio conceived of Broomgrass.