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Report by Lenny Stone, GM, Columbia/Adair Utilities District

The following report was presented by Columbia/Adair Utilities District General Manager Lenny Stone to the Adair Fiscal Court meeting, March 8, 2011. -CM

In February 2011 the water district was 40 years old.

The Adair County Water District, now doing Business as Columbia Adair Utilities District, was formed in or around 1971. It is governed by 5 board members who are appointed by the Adair County Fiscal Court. Each board member is appointed to a four year term.


Board members are paid $150 per month, or $1,800 per year. Board members are allowed to be paid up to $3,600 per year or $300 per month. But to receive this they must undergo public service commission training, six hours each year.

All of our Water District Board Members make the $150 per month; this is the same amount that they have been paid since I have been here the past 14 years. The board meetings are held at the office building located at 109 grant lane on the second Thursday afternoon of each month starting at 4pm. Meetings are open to the public.

Mergers; We have been in the process, for some time now, of merging Columbia Utilities with the Adair County Water District. The process has been held up for quite some time due to the May 2010 flood. The flood happened about a month before the merger would have been completed. Once the flood happened the merger process had to slow way down so that the sewer plant could be put back to as good as, if not better than, before the flood. Good news for me was where we had been taking over a sewer plant with some age on the equipment, now we get a plant with relative all new or rebuilt equipment.

Second and final part of merger: The second and final part of the merger is to bring the Columbia /Adair Water Commission into the new Columbia Adair Utilities District. We are going through that process now and hope to be done by the end of September 2011.

Ongoing projects
  1. Water Treatment Plant Improvements: - Generator, New chemical feeds, and Press work - Sed basin improvements. Herrick Co. $2,007,000.00
  2. Phase 11a: - Replace a section of Jones Street, Replace water line on Greensburg St in front of schools, metering system for the Columbia Fire Department, over flow work on Wal-Mart tank. Twin States $294,065.00
Upcoming projects -
  1. Phase 1 and Phase 2 Down Town projects: We plan on replacing all of the old problem lines in the City of Columbia. Estimated 8-10 million dollars. We are still in the design phase of this project.
  2. Central Office Building: We have outgrown our current building. We looked for quite some time for a place to build a new office building. We looked at three or four different locations but selected a site out near the Walmart tank. We paid $225,000.00 the 1.75 acres. The building's estimated cost is 1 million dollars. Not sure when we will be able to build this project but it is needed.
  3. Scattered lines we still have several residential areas across Adair county that has no water. We are continuing to try to serve each of these petitions.
  4. East 80 Water Tank and Distribution Main In our future plans we plan to construct an elevated tank on the Adair Russell county line, and install a main line to the south 55 area. This line will allow us to be able to move water from the new plant throughout the entire system.
Debt - ACWD total debt $6,790,236.30 - This is the debt that is owed on:
  1. 3 Elevated Water Tanks
  2. 7 Standpipe Water Tanks
  3. 4 Pump Stations
  4. 3 Control Valves
  5. 2 Pressure Reducing Stations
  6. 14 Master meters
  7. 1 Telemetry Control System
  8. 6,056 active accounts
  9. 6,560 inactive accounts
  10. Estimated 550 miles of main line
Debt - City of Columbia total debt $2,236,343
  1. 4 Elevated Water Tanks
  2. 2 Water Pump Stations
  3. 1 Telemetry Control System
  4. 5 Control Valves
  5. 1 Old Water Plant
  6. 1 Old Warehouse
  7. 1,590 Active Water Accounts
  8. Estimated 50 Miles of main line
  9. 19 Sewer Lift Stations
  10. 9 Sewer Grinder Stations
  11. 575 Sewer Manholes
  12. 1 Sewer Plant
  13. 1,668 Active Sewer Connections
  14. 35 Miles of Sewer lines
Debt - Columbia/Adair 5 MGD Water Plant $6,790,236.30
  1. Intake Structure
  2. 3 Intake Pumps
  3. 1 Flash Mix Unit
  4. 4 Floculaters
  5. 4 Sediment Basins
  6. 4 Filtering Systems
  7. 1 Million Gallon Clear Well
  8. 2 Sludge Basins
  9. 1 Sludge Press and Building
  10. 1 High Service Building
  11. 3 High Service Pumps
  12. 2 Back Wash Pumps
  13. 4 Chemical Rooms
  14. 1 Security Camera Systems
  15. 1 In Plant Telemetry System
  16. 2.5 Miles of Piping
Combined Equipment<
  1. 2 Backhoes
  2. 1 Trenchers
  3. 1 Farm Tractor and Equipment
  4. 1 Bobcat and Equipment
  5. 1 Sewer Jetter
  6. 2 Valve Exercise Machines
  7. 1 Sewer Camera Systems
  8. 1 Pulling Trucks
  9. 1 Small Dump Truck
  10. 13 Service Trucks
  11. <
All service equipment is replaced on as needed bases. Trucks are replaced on a 4-5 year period. The last truck we purchased was a 2011 Chevy Crew Cab our cost on this truck $ 35,125.00. This truck will be for me to drive. It was bought and paid for by the Columbia/Adair Water Commission. My old truck will be passed down into the fleet and we will cull out the worst truck that we now have. Older S-10.

Salaries - Each person is paid according to our personnel policy and the employees classification:
  1. General Manager: 90-175 thousand per year
  2. Operations Supervisor: 50-70 thousand per year
  3. Chief Plant operators: 40-60 thousand per year
  4. Office Manager: 34-60 thousand
  5. Distribution and Collection Specials: 16.62 -29.08 depending on levels
  6. Equipment Operators: 9.25-17.85 depending on level
  7. Distribution, Treatment and Collection Operators: 8.81-17.00 depending on levels
  8. Distribution and Collection Recruit: 8.39-14.69
  9. CSR: 8.00-17.00
The employee who has been with us the shortest time has been here 5 months.

The employee that has been with us the longest time has been here 28 years.

We are a nonprofit organization. We have never had to borrow any operation money. We are able to pay all of our bills. Without depreciation we have made a small profit each year. -Lenny Stone, General Manager, Columbia-Adair Utilities District


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