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CAUD Commissioners elect Wid Harris chair - 19 Apr 2016

Several important projects move ahead
Article update: Commissioners voted to pay Stotts Construction an old bill for $47,679.62 owed for meters specified in Downtown Project but never used, which were returned to Columbia Utilities Commission and by now, mostly used.
  • Commissioners approve exterior paint for Lindsey Wilson water tower
  • Board votes to proceed for KY 704 project - short term, 3-4 year fix for low pressure problem
  • Pay adjustments based on merit approved
  • Bradley Hayes hired as operator
  • Fabco gets accolades for repairs at Adair Water Treatment plant
  • Gilpin Road petition approved

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia/Adair Utilities District Board of Commissioners elected its newest member, William "Wid" Harris as Chair at the Special Regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

The opening of the meeting was conducted by GM Manager Lenny Stone for routine approval of minutes and approval of bills, and the election of a chair.

Only one name was put in nomination. The vote was 3-0, with Commissioner Mike Newton joining in the affirmation with David Jones, who nominated Harris, and Barry Stotts, who made a second, and Harris abstaining.

It was a relatively fast paced meeting, with GM Stone conducting the proceedings at the request of Mr. Harris.

Commissioners vote to paint exterior of LWC Tower

The Commissioners voted to accept the bid of Huffman Tanks, to paint the exterior of the Lindsey Wilson water tower, after hearing the recommendation of Mr. Stone and Monarch Engineers, represented by Lee Mudd. The cost of the project will be $271,000, plus engineering fees. The project will take place while students are off campus. The vote was 3-0, with Commissioners Stotts, Jones, and Harris voting to proceed and Commissioner Mike Newton abstaining. Mr. Newton, who is Plant Operations Director at Lindsey Wilson, said that the college will pay for the Raider Bob logo for the tower. Engineer Lee Mudd advised the commissioners that the interior of the tank needs attention, and should be repainted within two years.

Board votes to proceed to fix low pressure problem on KY 704

The Commissioners voted unanimously to move ahead with project designed to deliver a short term fix to a low-pressure problem on KY 704, which will involve putting in an 8" main from the tower at Walmart to the Junction of KY 704 and KY 55. The line will require a Pressure Reducing Valve Vault near the Adair Youth Development Center and on Lower Wilis Road.

Bell Engineering representatives Allen Bowman and Mike Williams estimated that the construction cost will be approximately $260,140, With engineering and other costs. The funds for the project will come from residual funds from the $4,000,000 Downtown Project. Mr. Bowmand and Mr. Williams said that paperwork to releases surplus residual funds for the project, and approval for GM Stone and Chairman Harris to sign that paperwork was approved unanimously.

The Bell Representatives assured the commissioners that they believe they have adequately predicted expected digging through rock along the right of way. If all goes by plan, they said, the project will be ready to let out for bid in 30 days, with approval at the May 19, 2016 regular meeting.

Chairman Stone said that the orginal line laid from Flatwoods across Sparksville Road back to KY 704 and north to town had 100 residential customers. "Now," he said, "we're serving almost 700 hundred, and there is new need for water for chicken houses along the way." Commissioner Jones said that pressure on KY 704 had gotten so low at times that there was only a trickle at Hadley's Community Church.

The new fix is being done instead of a long term project which would have cost approximately $2.5 million. Mr. Stone said that he believed the "band aid" fix would suffice for three-four years, and would still be used if the new line is built. "It will give us additional ways to feed water to the area," he said.

Pay adjustments based on merit approved

The board voted to approve a new pay plan which will include small pay raises for the employees based on merit. It is not an across the board increase; rather it rewards productivity and employees' taking advantage of professional training.

Twenty-two employees will share in the wage increases. The vote to approve was 4-0, on a motion by David Jones, with a second by Mike Newton.

Bradley Hayes hired

Mr. Stone recommended, and the commissioners approved, the hiring of Bradley Hayes as a heavy equipment operator, at a pay rate of $13/hour during a 90 day probationary period, to be raised to $13.50 after that.

Sewer plant operating well

Mr. Stone reported that the Columbia Wastewater Treatment Facility is operating well, even though one employee is off recovering from a non-work related injury. He said he is filling in some at the plant during the six week recovery period for the employee. He suggested that all commissioners visit the plant to see how the new press is handling sludge.

Fabco gets accolades for saving District on repairs at Water Plant

Mr. Stone said that repairs at the Adair County Water Treatment plant had gone well, with a faulty bearing replacement by Fabco succesfully installed under estimate. He said that in the course of the work, a second bearing was found to need replacement, and that the original supplier had quoted a price of over $12,000, but Mr. Janes had found a source which would supply the bearing for under $5,000.

Commissioners vote to pay overdue statement from Stotts Construction

General Manager Lenny Stone recommended to the commissioners that $47,679.62 be paid to Stotts Construction Company for meters the company bought, as directed by CAUD, for the Downtown Project.

The meters were not used and were returned to the District, which in turn, Mr. Stone said, used them elsewhere. "The money was not wasted," he said. Junior Stotts of Stotts Construction said that meters specifications are not necessarily interchangeable. That meters, for instance, which are used in Louisville are different from those in Columbia or Glasgow. Some have left hand threads, some have right, and there are other specifications which change.

The vote to pay the bill was 3-0, on a motion by David Jones, with a second by Mike Newtow, with Chairman Wid Harris joining in affirming. Commissioner Barry Stotts abstained.

Gilpin Road Petition accepted

The commissioners voted 4-0 to accept a petition for a new water line on Gilpin Road, off Greensburg Road. Three customers are requesting water on the one-quarter mile line. GM Stone said that this project may be done in-house, but that he could give no definite date when the work would begin.

Good attendance
There was good attendance at the meeting, with at times standing room only situations. All four of the commissioners, Barry Stotts, David Jones, Mike Newton, and Wid Harris were present. The commissioner now has one vacancy, with the expiration of the term of Tim Baker. CAUD attorney Marshall Loy was present, along with GM Lenny Stone. Also present were representatives of Monarch Engineering and Bell Engineering, the media, Adair County CJE Mike Stephens, Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss, and Sharon Shields-Smock and Margo Miller.

This story was posted on 2016-04-20 14:46:56
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