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CAUD meeting 14 Sep 2017: Positive report on county gas survey

In the Thursday, September 12 meeting
  • GM Lenny Stone reports Great interest in possible County Gas Distribution System
  • Water Operations: August shows second biggest installation of the year for new water meters, Mr. Stone reports
  • Board hears that Adair Water Treatment plant is staying on top of possible taste problems which have plagued the system for years; hears report from Jericho's Man of the Lake, Knifleyan and Commissioner David Jones, on lake turnover
  • Board approves supplemental insurance for payroll deduction plans
  • OK's fundraisers for employee Jeff Wooldridge, who is facing serious health challenges

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By Ed Waggener

Among the top items on the September 14, 2017 regular monthly session were an optimistic outlook on the possible county gas service, a report on the Burkesville Street phase of the Downtown project, excellent operating reports for water manufacturing, wastewater disposal, and water distribution statistics, but it came with an air of concern for a valued employee, Jeff Wooldridge, who is facing serious health challenges.

Burkesville Street Phase, Downtown Project

General Manager Lenny Stone reported that all paperwork needed by the Public Service Commission has been delivered for the Burkesville Street Phase of the Downtown Project, and that he is expecting approval within 30-45 days, hopefully in time for final approvals by CAUD at the regular October meeting - actually a special called meeting because of a date and venue change. The meeting will be at 5pmCT Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Adair County Water Treatment Plant, 555 Griffin Springs Road. Campbellsville, KY.

Great interest in possible County Gas Distribution System

Mr. Stone said that so far, 1,279 respondents to CAUD's survey of possible natural gas service have indicated that they would be interested. He asked the board of trustees for authorization to send out another round of surveys with the October 2017 bills, which was approved unanimously following a motion by Commissioner Junior Brown, with a second by Commissioner David Jones.

Water Operations: August shows second biggest installation of the year for new water meters

There were 14 meter taps added to the CAUD Distribution system in August, the second only to 20 in March, bringing the total number of new meters for the calendar year to 74, Mr. Stone reported. Revenues for August for water was $327,703.55. Water loss in the system was 12%, bringing the average for 2017 up slightly to 10.97%. Wages on the water side were $49,593.20.

Water Plant report:

The Adair County Water Treatment plant processed 58,860,000 gallons of raw water, turning it into 57,510,000 gallons of finished water. The payroll for the month was $20,105.90.

Water taste has been maintained at an excellent level, GM Stone said. So far, the lake has turned, which happens, Commissioner David Jones said, when the water at lower levels reaches the same temperature as the surface. Mr. Stone said that the plant has plenty of carbon for additional filtration and that the plant is following directions from water chemist Aaron Mudd, hired in 2016, to help solve what had been an annual time in autumn when water was unpalatable.

Sewer plant report

Mr. Stone said that the CAUD Wastewater Treatment plant was compliant for the month of August. Revenues were $56,480.95, 9,428,300 gallons of water was treated in the month, the payroll was $15,186.85, and that two new sewer taps were are.

Board approves allowing Liberty National Insurance to offer payroll deduction policies

The board approved allowing Liberty Mutual Insurance to offer special policies for benefits not covered under the CAUD group health policies. CAUD will handle deductions through payroll, and will be out no other expense, Mr. Stone said. The vote to approve was unanimous, on a motion by Doug Sapp with a second from David Jones.

Board of Commissioners OK fundraisers for employee Jeff Wooldridge

Mr. Stone asked for permission for the office staff to conduct fund raisers for employee Jeff Wooldridge, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Louisville. The fundraiser will involve selling bracelets and t-shirts with all proceeds over costs of the items going to help Jeff Woolridge and his family with medical bills. The vote to approve the effort came a unanimous vote.

The meeting was well attended and conducted with dignity, decorum, and good humor of good humor. Present were General Manager Lennon Stone, CAUD attorney Marshall Woodrow Loy, Board Chairman Wid Harris, Board Members David Jones, Doug Sapp, and Junior Brown. and members of the media. Esteemed board member Mike Newton was absent.
COLUMBIA/ADAIR COUNTY UTILITIES BOARD (CAUD), Lenny Stone, General Manager; meets at 4:30pmCT/5:30pmET, every second Thursday in the board room of the district at 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY. The Board includes Doug Sapp (term expires June 2020), Junior Brown (term expires May 2020), Mike Newton (term expires February 2019), Wid Harris (term expires August 2018) and David Jones (term expires November 2018). The meetings are open to the public. - Jennifer Carter, Office manager Phone: 270-384-2181.

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(Ad) CAUD employees fundraising for colleague battling cancer

2017-09-15 - CAUD office, 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mrs. Connie Young.
Jeff Woolridge is currently fighting colon cancer. He has worked for CAUD for 18 years. We are planning fund raisers to help Jeff with his medical expenses. His fellow CAUD employees are taking up t-shirt (left) orders and bracelet (right) orders. Money will need to be paid up front when ordered. If you would like to make a contribution you can drop off at First and Farmers National Bank (Jeff Woolridge Fund) on the public square or at the CAUD office, 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY. Any help you can give will be appreciated. For more information, call our office at 270-384-2181. - Mrs. Connie Young

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GM Lenny Stone at CAUD Board Meeting, 12 Sep 2017

2017-09-18 - CAUD District office, 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
Adair County Judge Executive Michael L. Stephens made notes as Columbia/Adair County Utilities District reported on operations for August, 2017, at the District Board meeting in regular session, Thursday, September 14, 2017. Among the points of progress were that paperwork has been filed in Frankfort, which, upon approval, will give the green light to Stotts Construction to go ahead with the Burkesville Street phase of the Downtown project. Mr. Stone also had an optimistic report on interest in the utility's possible natural gas distribution for the county. - EW

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CAUD commissioners study operations reports

2017-09-18 - CAUD District office, 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
As CAUD General Manager spoke, Commissioners follow his reports. From left, above, clockwise, facing camera, Commissioner David Jones, Chairman Wid Harris, and Commissioner Doug Sapp. Also present was Commissioner Jr. Brown, CAUD Attorney Marshall Loy, and media representatives. Commissioner Mike Newton was absent. The photo was taken 14 Sep 2017.

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