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Letcher to connect with Knott water at Deane

Pike County contractor Ronnie Mullins and Sons has been awarded a contract for another water line connecting the Letcher County Water and Sewer District with the Knott County Water District at Deane.

Alan Bowman of Bell Engineering said the project will provide additional water in the Deane area as needed. It will also allow the Letcher County Water and Sewer District to address other water issues along Highway 1410.

Bowman informed the district’s board of directors of the bid at its regular monthly meeting.

Mullins and Sons submitted the low bid of $148,100. The State Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is currently processing the National Environmental Policy Act regulations for the work, and the district is getting the documents for the contract prepared. Included in the district requirements are two surge relief valves that will be included in the project as a change order.

All the encroachment permits are now prepared for the waterlines in the Roxana area. Bell Engineering attached mapping to the permits and submitted the package to the Kentucky Department of Highways. Crossing permits for CSX Railroad are ready for submission, and floodplain and stream crossing permits will be ready to submit to Kentucky Department of Water by next week.

Contract negotiations for line extensions along Carbon Glow Road have also been finalized, and an agreement for Kingdom Coal to post a surety bond to guarantee payment for the work has been agreed to. The documents will be forwarded to the Kentucky Department of Water once the bond is posted.

Construction of a water treatment plant for Cumberland River continues to be delayed by the necessity of an archeological report. A Western Kentucky University archeologist has reviewed the existing report and is preparing a quote to perform a study on the site. The district has requested a copy of the original geotechnical report conducted in 2012 by S&ME, an engineering consultant in Kingsport, Tenn., that provides environmental and engineering services.

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