The Letcher County Water and Sewer District now has 3,170 customers, with the possibility of adding several hundred more as the Payne Gap water line project moves to completion.
Superintendent Mark Lewis made the announcement at the May meeting of the Water and Sewer District’s Board of Directors. Lewis said the second phase the Payne Gap project is about 69 percent complete, with the third and final phase to set begin soon.
Lewis also told the board that 69 water meters have been installed in the Pert Creek/Pine Creek/Cram Creek area in the past two weeks.
Kevin Howard of Summitt Engineering presented the board with a revised inter-local agreement for the Craft’s Colly sewer project. Howard said the new agreement calls for extending sewer lines to Allen Branch in Craft’s Colly. The revision will cost $1.1 million and by signing the agreement, the board allows the City of Whitesburg and the Letcher County Fiscal Court to begin seeking funding through a Community Development Block Grant, coal severance tax refunds, and a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Steve Caudill of Bell Engineering told the board that Phase II of the Deane water project started February 20. He said the Shelby Fork mainline segment should be complete and ready for service in the next couple of weeks. Caudill said Bell is waiting for permit approval from CSX before authorizing the contractor to tie in side road crossings. Final purchase agreements for the tank and pump station sites for Phase III of the Deane project are being executed and funds have been drawn down to pay for both sites. Caudill said he anticipates the project will be advertised for bids in the next few weeks.
Tanks and lines are complete in Phase I of the Pert Creek/Pine Creek/Cram Creek Project and lines are being placed in service. The contractor is scheduled to begin paving roads damaged by the construction next week. Phase II has been approved by the Kentucky Division of Water and will go to bid soon. Contracts for the Bull & Elk Creek Project have been forwarded to the contractors and a preconstruction conference is scheduled.
The district continues to hold $134,597.20 from Cumberland Pipeline until it repair roads along Kentucky Route 7 to the satisfaction of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Board Chairman Bernard Watts said Cumberland Pipeline has made “no effort at all” to satisfy the state and it has gone on for 14 to 15 months.
The board voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $541,370 by Akins Excavating Company of Corbin, for the Millstone Water Project. Caudill said Akins has done business with the district in the past and its performance has been satisfactory.
The board also learned the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands has declined to fund line extensions on Kentucky 932 to Flat Gap on Cumberland River or in Loggy Hollow at Dry Fork. However, other areas including side roads on Big Cowan and Kingscreek are still under consideration pending the results of an AML survey. Other areas under consideration pending survey are Phase II of the Red Star project, Ulvah, Hallie, and Turkey Creek, as well as Highway 510 in Gordon.
The district board also voted unanimously in favor of Board Member Billy Stamper’s request to begin holding meetings at 6:30 p.m. rather than at 6. Stamper said it would make it easier for him to get to meetings on time.
Lewis also told the board he had advertised for three bids for a new truck for district use but only received one bid. Tim Short Chrysler of Hazard submitted a bid of $27,123 for a 2013 Dodge Ram four-wheel drive crew cab truck. The board voted unanimously to accept the bid.