Letcher County residents who live on Highway 7 North from Daniels Branch to Thornton Gap, and at Low Gap to the end of the line on Earl C. Drive are now eligible to sign up for water service through the Letcher Country Water and Sewer District. Water Superintendent Tim Reed made the announcement at the LCWSD Board of Directors meeting for September and said he would be out the coming weekend to notify residents as well. Reed told the board the Kentucky Division of Water had approved the hookups due to progress on the Knott County Interconnect. For further information, call the district office in Whitesburg at 633-8550. The notifi cation will also run on Channel 98, courtesy of the Letcher County Fiscal Court.
Reed also told the board that after the billing software underwent a “cleaning” to clear names of inactive customers and to eliminate redundancies, the accurate count for water customers stands at approximately1,850, but added that there are about 75 potential new customers in the areas that are now open through the Knott County Interconnect. He added that workers attended to 55 work orders in August and he had accompanied project engineers to look at several tank sites for the Pert Creek connection. Engineers from C.I. Thornburg, a Huntington, W.Va., company that specializes in water and wastewater solutions, tested the system’s master meters and they checked out well.
Reed added that most district customers are keeping their accounts current, but cautioned that everyone must pay. Board member Bernard Watts said the district needs all the money it is due and said accounts must be closely monitored so that paying customers aren’t forced to bear the costs of those who don’t pay. Watts asked the time schedule for disconnecting non-paying customers, and Board Chairman Phillip “Pee Wee” Back replied that it anyone with an account 60 days or more past due would be disconnected.
“We will not tolerate people not paying their bills,” said Watts.
Reed told the board he is working with representatives of C.I. Thornburg to make sure the billing software flags any customer with an account that is 60 days past due. Reed also said that Wesley Caudill, who was hired in January, has now passed his district tests and completed his probation and asked that he be given a $1-per-hour raise, which is usual after completing the probationary period. The board voted unanimously to OK the raise.
Back told the board he would meet with Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft to discuss the possibility of extending county service to people in the County Garage area. Back also asked Reed about the possibility of extending the county service throughout the Cowan area.
In the Bell Engineering Monthly Summary of Project Activity:
• The Water Improvement Project at Garner Mountain is ready to begin construction at the district’s directive and the Loggy Hollow Project is ready as soon as funding is available.
• The Premium Highway 160 Water Project has been awarded to Stotts Construction and a submittal has been made on behalf of the district to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Construction will begin as soon as Stotts completes its work on the Knott County Interconnect/Highway 1410 Project.
• Bids for the Thornton Water Project were opened on May 18 and the bid was awarded to Ronnie Mullins and Sons Inc. for $214,832.25. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for September 17.
• Bids for Phase I of the Red Star/Ulvah and Hallie Projects were awarded to Cumberland Pipeline for $1,198,512.50 and a preconstruction meeting is scheduled for September 27.
• Funding for water projects for Pine Creek, Pert Creek, Elk Creek, Bull Creek, and Carcassonne will be made available by Abandoned Mine Lands in 2011.
• The Deane/Beaver Gap Project layout is complete and Bell is now in the process of selecting a tank and pump station site.