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CAUD meeting report, August 14, 2014

In last evenings Columbia/Adair Utilities District board meeting
  • Board votes to accommodate Trail Town Paddle trail with temporary launching area
  • Board will investigate Permanant Trail Town Paddle trail at old Columbia Water Plant site; consulting engineer David Bowles thinks funds - $40,000 heard last night - available to remove old buildings; CJE Ann Melton says County can build road to both Wastewater site and oermanent Water Street Launch Site
  • Downtown Project Phase 14 sailing, should be complete in 10 days to 2 weeks; Longhunters Phase next
  • East Adair Water Tower now online. Now needs only telemetry activation
  • Cleary Construction withdrawal from EDA sewer project sends EDA Sewer construction 2nd low bidder; Lindsey Water Tank now dropped from this phase for now
  • CAUD looking at 10 miles of new 6" lines to alleviate low pressure problems in fast growing South Adair Area, where customer base has grown from 120 to over 400 customers
  • CAUD keeping eye on algal bloom in Green River Lake

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia/Adair County Utility District Board of Trustees responded to the Trail Town USA planning group's for access to a launch site on utility owned property with a two phased approach. 1) The Board voted to allow a temporary launch site by the wastewater plant to be used in the Downtown Days Trial Run, and 2) Took consulting engineer David Bowles advice to consider the removal of the old Columbia Water Department property on Water Street and build a permanant launch site there.

The work would be done with the the understanding that Adair Fiscal Court would build a road to the launch sites.

Judge Melton said that the Trail Town USA project is an important recreational and economic development project, and assured the board that the Adair County Road Department could build the roads necessary for both the trial run launch site and the permanent Paddle Trail launch site or Water Street.

The action came at the board's regular second Thursday, August 14, 2014 meeting with the full board present.

Downtown Project Phase 14 sailing, should be complete in 10 days to 2 weeks; Longhunters Phase next

General Manager Lenny Stone reported that the Downtown Project is nearing an end and that work on Longhunters Subdivision would quickly follow. Clean up and paving is now underway downtown, and 90% of the meters have been set. The project should be totally complete in a week to 10 days, he said. At that time, the Longhunters' subdivision phase will get underway.

Everyone at the meeting gave Stotts Construction extremely high marks for it's efficiency, the quality of its work, and the special effort to reduce noise and complete cleanup as quickly as possible.

East Adair Water Tower now online

The East Adair County Water Tower is now in use, Mr. Stone reported. The tank has passed its final inspection. Access roads have been paved. And the tank is being used. Manual checks of the water levels are now being done by CAUD employee who lives near the facility until telemetry is activated, and that is anticipated any day, he said. The District is no longer dependendent on the Russell County Water District for day to day water, but water is still imported from the Jamestown Water District.

EDA Sewer Project Delays continue to have proven costly

The board faced another costly realization from its failure to accept a grant package for desperately needed sewer plant and lift station upgrades a year ago, but the project will move ahead just the same. The latest blow came when Cleary Construction company notified the board that they have too much other work to extend an earlier bid for renovation of the sludge conditioning system upgrades, they had made, for a total of $1,688, necessitating a decision by the board to accept the next lowest bid from Herrick Construction, Inc. of Lawrenceburg, KY, for $1,882,200.00, almost $200,00 more than the Cleary Bid. The board voted to accept the Herrick Company, Inc, of Lawrenceburg, KY, bid, and to cancel renovation of the Lindsey Wilson Water Tower, a $307,250 project which was scheduled to go to Caldwell Tank of Louisville, KY

One bit of good news was that there will be $107,000, slightly more or less, which can be used in other projects, including, if cost estimates make the project feasible, the demolition of the old Columbia Water Plant buildings and the subsequent use of that property for the Trail Town Paddle Trail Launch site and possibly other recreational uses.

Work on the sewer plant renovation is set to begin shortly, with a pre-construction conference with Herrick Company, Inc. on August 21, 2014.

Delays in calling or a vote when a 3-2 majority was available - the chairman had hoped for a unanimous decision - and a subsequent improvement in the economy coupled with a loss of construction firms earlier, has boosed the cost of the project from an estimated $2.4 million dollars, including the Lindsey Tower, to a final total cost of $3,275, not including the Lindsey Wilson Tower work.

Slide prevention wall is complete, has cured and is ready for backfill

The slide prevention concrete barrier on the steep hill between the wastewater plant and Wall Street has been poured, has cured, and now is ready for a backfill, Mr. Stone told the board.

Low pressure in South Adair County being addressed

Complaints of low pressure from consumers in the higher elevations between the Flat Woods and Kentucky 704 area are rising, Some have threatened to start petitions and at least one caller suggested legal action could ensue.

General Manager Lenny Stone said that the utility will be doing flow and usage studies, and will test changes in sourcing water through existing lines to the area served but that quite possibly the solution will be replacing 10 miles of 4" lines with 6" lines. The four-inch lines were adequate when the lines were laid, when 120 customers were served, but in the interim the customers have grown to 457, andn now include chicken production facilities and dairies, heavy users of water.

Sewer and Water plant report

Mr. Stone said that sewer and water systems are running well. He said the the sewer system had 1670 customers in July, and that 1 new sewer tap was set. He reported 3.52" of rainfall, and 13.8 million gallons of water were treated at the Columbia Wastewater plant. The water department had 7,727 customers in July. There were 14 new water taps set. Water loss was low, with 6.77% reported for July.

Back bills collected totaled $1,764.72 for the month.

Algal bloom on Green River Lake being closely monitored

Mr. Stone told the board that he had received notification that the algal bloom at Green River Lake has risen and that the District is monitoring it closely. The algal bloom can be the source of a bad taste and can, in extreme situations be a health hazard.

Present at the meeting were all five trustees, Robert Flowers, Chairman, Tim Baker, Vice Chair; Rudy Higginbotham, treasurer; Barry Stotts and David Jones. GM Lenny Stone; Office Manager Jennifer Carter; Board Attorney Marshall Loy; Consulting Engineer David Bowles, Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton, and Ed Waggener, CM.
COLUMBIA/ADAIR COUNTY UTILITIES BOARD (CAUD), Lenny Stone, Geneal 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, Robert Flowers, Rudy Higginbotham, Tim Baker, and David Jones. The meetings are open to the public. - Jennifer Carter, Office manager

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