Whitesburg KY

Few signing up for treated water

Only a few of the households provided with access to treated water since the completion of the Premium/Highway 160 Water Project have signed up for county water service, members of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District’s Board of Directors were told at the board’s September meeting.

District Supt. Mark Lewis told the board that only nine of 58 households had signed up for the service, but that the district has added 18 new customers overall.

In another matter concerning new water customers, Kimberly H. Padgett, state director of the Rural Community Assistance Project, announced that a public meeting will be held at the Colson Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. to help sign up Deane and Colson residents for water service now available as part of the Deane Water Project.

Supt. Lewis also told the Water and Sewer District Board that 90 percent of the homes where service has been disconnected because of delinquent bills are located in Craft’s Colly and in Blackey.

Board Chairman Phillip “Pee Wee” Back stressed the importance of collecting past due bills and said disconnects will continue to be made on those who continue to disregard their water bills. Lewis said workers are attending to cut-offs between reading meters and other tasks.

The board was also told that the second phase of a project to install water lines in the Thornton community will begin as soon as the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority approves a change order allowing contractors Ronnie Mullins and Sons of Elkhorn City to extend the lines from Gazelle Drive and Mississippi Drive to Sergent Loop.

Thornton residents who live above Gazelle Drive are now eligible to sign up for hook-ups for treated water through the Water and Sewer District. Steve Caudill of Bell Engineering told the board that water line construction was completed on Phase I of the Thornton Water Project in late July and that residents can apply for water service by calling the district office at 606-633-8550. Residents of the Premium/Highway 160 area can call the district office to apply as well.

Caudill also said that there are only four water meters left to set in the Red Star/ Hallie Project and the contractor reports that although there is water in all the lines, the lines have not been disinfected yet. The contractors are currently extending lines along Old Dixon Road and setting meters. He added that the contractor has been notified that if cleanup isn’t done to the District’s satisfaction, the District will hire another contractor to finish the work and penalize the current contractor the amount it costs for the cleanup.

Layout for the Deane Project is now complete and state Division of Abandoned Mine Lands has committed $1 million to the project. Caudill said the AML funding will not pay for the full work so the work has been split into phases. Phase I has been approved for construction by the Kentucky Division of Water and has been forwarded to AML along with a request to advertise for bids. Caudill said the project should be ready for bids within two to three weeks.

The water line layout for the Millstone Water Project is also finished and coordination of a tank site is ongoing with Nesbitt Engineering, which is working with the City of Jenkins on its Payne Gap Water Line Project. Caudill said the hookup site for the lines from Payne Gap and Millstone has not been decided on yet.

Caudill said the Pert Creek/Pine Creek/ Cram Creek Project will go to bid as soon as the Division of Water completes its review and grants approval, probably in late October or November.

Lewis also told the board that he will be participating in a telephone call with enforcement officials concerning violations in Millstone that occurred before he was hired as superintendent.

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