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CAUD Utility District Board Meeting, March 13, 2014

At the meeting
  • Weather pins utility down to maintenance, with little new construction
  • Low pressure in KY 61 to KY 704, Flatwoods to Hadley's Community Church area, may require 10 miles of larger, 6" mains. Area includes 600 customers
  • Water line installed to assure uninterrupted service NE of Knifley
  • Telemetry system faces "situation, but not crisis" with death of Mickey Ardary
  • Audit delayed because of server crash
  • Code of Ethics will be considered at April meeting
  • Glen Mary Drive, Russell Creek Crossing completed
  • Russell Road tank painting, valve vault activation only remaining work to activate newest storage unit
  • Stotts Construction ready to start work in and off Public Square
  • Bid opening for lift station projects in April
  • When check arrives, sewer line to Spectrum Care Academy will be underway


By Ed Waggener

The weather in February and early March kept the Columbia/Adair County Utilities district busy maintain the system, halting new construction. On two days in early March, crews responded only to emergency situation, General Manager Lenny Stone told the board of trustees at their regular March 13, 2014, meeting. Stone cited an extraordinary number of meters needing replacing because of low temperature problems.



Low pressure for over 650 customers may mean 10 mile line replacement

The growing area from KY 61 S to KY 704 may need a replacement of some 10 miles of water mains. The area is now served by a 4" line, which, consulting engineer David Bowles said, needs 6" lines to adequately serve over 650 customers - approximately 10% of the utility's customer base. Spotty but frequent reports of sporadic low pressure episodes has prompted the need to give the situation top priority. Mr. Stone said that the office is getting a lot of calls from customers, even though the 750,000 gallon Sparksville water tower is online. Mr. Bowles said he suspects the 4" main serving the area is simply taxed to its limits.

But water supply secured or 600 NE Adair Customers

Mr. Stone told the board that work was completed very quickly by Stotts Construction and CAUD's own crews, to install valves and install a new water line in the area of the Knifley Pipeline Explosion. The installation was necessary in case the aging pipe were to fail because of reconstruction of the natural gas pipeline in the area. With the valves, should a failure happen. the water line from Knifley could be cut off, as well as the water line going to NE Adair County and water could be imported from Taylor County to the 600-plus customers in the region along Elkhorn Road and up Eastridge Cemetery Road to the northern most service area of CAUD. The cost of the work is being paid by Columbia Gas Transmission

Telemetry system loses local tech support

Mr. Stone said that the death of Mr. Mickey Ardary presented a pending problem for the district should something go awry in the District's Telemetry system. With the system installed by Mr. Ardary, levels in the elevated tanks can be monitored at the Grant Lane office. While service can be done by utility workers, most of the technical expertise needed is beyond their training level.

He emphasized that a failure the telemetry system won't mean a breakdown in the overall distribution system. Should the telemetry fail, water levels would be read manually, as they were before the telemetry system was installed. "We have a situation, not a crisis," he said.

He said that some telemetry systems utilized radio communications, some the internet.

CAUD will have to investigate which way to go. Options include sending staff to California for specialized training to installing a new system. Mr. Stone said that key staff will visit Cynthiana, KY to see the system that the Harrison County utility is using.

He said that some of the newest technology is in Wingo, KY, where the Mayor is also the manager of the water system. It's telemetry system not only monitors water levels in an elevated tank, but allows the utility to read 652 meters in just 2 minutes, without ever leaving the office.

Audit report delayed until April

Mr. Stone said the the audit report had been delayed because of a server crash at the auditor's office, but that it should be available at the April meeting.

Code of Ethics will be considered at April Meeting

A proposed code of ethics for the board, mandated by state law since special taxing districts came under intense scrutiny recently, was given to the members, who are scheduled to vote on it in April.

More sign petition for service on R. Holmes Road

Mr. Stone told the board that two more had signed petition for service on R. Holmes Road, off KY 206. The board voted 2-0, on a motion by Barry Stotts and a second by David Jones, to move forward with the petition. Among those in the area to be served are Gene Holmes, Jessie Gaskins, and Lloyd Willis.

Phase 14 Downtown Project

Step 2 of the Downtown Project is nearer completion. At the meeting Mr. Stone said that Glen Mary Drive and East 80 to Russell Creek Road needed only a bit of clean up to complete.

Step 1 of the of Phase 14, to rebuild lines in and near the Public Square, had received approval of both the Public Service Commission and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). Stotts Construction of Columbia is handling the project.

Phase 15 Tank needs only painting to go online

Mr. Stone told the board that the paint crew trailer was on site at the East Adair County, Russell Road storage tank, and that only painting and the activation of the valve vault, then testing, needed to be done before the tank is activated.

Bids being taken for lift stations project

Mr. Stone said that easements and meets and bounds for work to replace - and in two cases eliminate need for replacement with new lines providing gravity flow - was approved unanimously for bids to be advertised with a target bid opening on April 23, 2014.

Work on site at sewer plant going well, GM says

The work to stop a soil slide about the wastewater plant and to prevent Russell Creek from flooding is well underway, Mr. Stone told the board. The work is being done by Dakota Meyer Enterprises. There's been a lot of big rock hauled for riprap on the bank, he said. He noted that an unexpected finding of the need for an electrical junction box to be moved slowed work a bit, but that local electrical contractor David South would temporarily relocate the junction box and that would take care of the situation.

Cane Valley/Spectrum Care sewer project awaits receipt of money

Work on the sewer line to Spectrum Care Academy on Cane Valley Road, will begin once the money is received. The project is funded entirely by a grand obtained of Adair County Judge Executive Melton, working with Judy Keltner of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. David Bowles said that the money should be available within six months.

All board members present

Chairman Robert Flowers presided at the meeting, at which all board members were present, including Rudy Higginbotham, Barry Stotts, David Jones, and Vice-Chairman Tim Baker. Also present were consulting engineer David Bowles, board attorney Marshall Loy, and Office Manager Jennifer Carter.

COLUMBIA/ADAIR COUNTY UTILITIES BOARD (CAUD), Lenny Stone, General Manager; meets at 6pmCT/7pmET, every second Thursday in the board room of the district at 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY. The Board includes Barry Stotts (term expires June 2016), Robert Flowers (term expires March 1915), Rudy Higginbotham (term expires August 2014), Tim Baker (term expires February 2016), and David Jones (term expires January 2018). The meetings are open to the public. - Jennifer Carter, Office manager Phone: 270-384-2181.


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