Whitesburg KY

County water district will accept credit card, online pay when new year comes

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District will soon be able to accept payment for water bills by credit card and online.

The District’s Board of Directors approved plans to allow for the new methods of payment at its October meeting. The changes will go into effect by January 1.

The district will hold a countywide celebration to commemorate the installation of one million linear feet of water line in its Letcher County service area. The celebration will be held at the Letcher County Recreation Center on Tuesday, November 12, at 10:30 a.m., and is open to the public.

Bell Engineering representative Jamie Noe reported that the mainline segment of waterline in Shelby Fork at Deane is now in service and agreements with CSX for line bores to Schuler Branch and Hudson Drive have been received. The permit fee from CSX for Schuler Drive is $6,700. Hudson Drive will only serve one customer and due to the excessive cost of the permit fee, $13,750, the district will forego obtaining a permit for Hudson Drive. The agreement for the final crossing has not been received.

Bids for Deane Phase III were opened on September 17 and the low bid was submitted by Ronnie Mullins and Sons Inc. for $$723,538.50. The low bid for the tank portion was submitted by Welding Inc. for $277,500. Bids cannot be finalized until the final clearances are received from the funding agency, which was held up by the government shutdown. Noe said bids should be finalized soon.

Phase II of the Premium Water project is now essentially complete and all main line is in the ground between the Premium Post Office and the Premium Baptist Church. The original contract for Phase I of the Pert Creek/Cram Creek/ Pine Creek Project is now compete and the expected delivery date of the pump station is November 5. Construction of Alternate #1 (change order) for Graham Kincer Drive and Sunset Loop is underway. The district voted to allow left-over funds from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to be used to extend lines along Sandstone Branch and Dream Road. The cost will be $73,175. Leftover funds amount to $308,085. Phase II has been approved by the Kentucky Division of Water and should go to bid in November.

Lines are in the ground and meters are set in the Bull and Elk Creek Water Project and the district is currently waiting for the delivery of the pump station. When it is installed, lines will be disinfected and pressure tested. Construction of Phase I of the Millstone Water Project started in August and is proceeding on schedule. An application for funding from Abandoned Mine Lands for the remainder of the Millstone Project has been submitted and is under review. The Millstone Sewer Project has been approved by the Kentucky Division of Water and will begin construction when all other approvals are obtained.

District Manager Mark Lewis told the board that Payne Gap Phase II is compete and the tank is being filled and disinfected. Telemetry controls and a master meter are being installed. A Memorandum of Agreement for Phase III of the Payne Gap project has been signed. He also said 23 meters have been installed in Premium.

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