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Two-thirds of county homes have access to good water, engineering firm tells board


With several projects nearing completion, approximately two-thirds of Letcher County homes now have access to treated water, according to Alan Bowman of Bell Engineering at the June meeting of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. Water District Manager Mark Lewis told the Board of Directors that he had no major problems to report and work on the new offices (the old Standard Labs building at Mayking) is about 60 percent complete. He said contractors and district workers are about ready to begin work on the inside of the building and offices.

The final progress meeting on Phase II of the Red Star, Ulvah, Hallie, and Turkey Creek Water Improvements Project was held on June 11, and new line installation is now complete. The new line has not been tested and chlorination will be done by next week. A final inspection by the Office of Surface Mining and Abandoned Mine Lands was expected by July 15.

A pressure recording device that was installed on lines that will feed the Cumberland River Project has been temporarily removed. It will be re-installed in August in order to continue to monitor line pressure to determine the ability of the source to satisfy the district’s needs for Cumberland River. The majority of the preliminary design for Phase II of the Millstone Project has completed and a site visit will be the next step so plans can be submitted to AML for funding approval.

AML also has the Gordon 510-Kingscreek Connection under study. It should take priority due to its proximity to the upcoming federal prison and the district has discussed a source of supply with AML and the City of Hazard. Design on Phase III of the Red Star Project is now complete but some modifications will need to be made in order for the district to use the preferred pumps. Another site visit will be required to determine tank elevation. The Corrective Action Plan for the Millstone Sewer Plant mandated by the Kentucky Division of Water is continuing, with monitoring and reporting ongoing. A special sampling report was submitted to DOW for the second quarter of 2018.

CSX right-of-way maps are being incorporated into water line plans for the Federal Bureau of Prisons project at Roxana and CSX crossing permits are being prepared. Each crossing permit will require a site visit so profiles and data can be gathered. The district is also working with U.S. Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers’s office to schedule a meeting with property owners for transfer of property for the wastewater treatment plant. District officials and representatives of Bell Engineering met with DOW staff on July 2 to discuss alternate sources of water supply. DOW is conducting an internal review of various agencies to determine the feasibility of the project.

Kentucky River Area Development District Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development Angelia Smith-Hall also told the board members that they need to sign documents to submit to the Appalachian Regional Commission for the prison project.

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