The Letcher County Water and Sewer District should be moving into its new headquarters in Mayking before winter.
At the May meeting of the district’s Board of Directors, the board voted unanimously to purchase the old Standard Labs building and property in Making to house all district operations.
District Manager Mark Lewis told the board that the deed has been researched and is clean and without liens. He said the price was set at $80,000 and that Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton recommended moving forward if the board decides to make the purchase. Board member Richard Carter made the motion to purchase the property and the vote was unanimous.
Lewis told the board that district workers will probably be able to do the work converting the building for use as office and operational space themselves, and he estimated that it will take about three months to complete the conversion. He said the move away from downtown Whitesburg will be advantageous to water customers who like to pay their bills at the office, since they will be able to drive up to the door at the Mayking site and they won’t have to deal with traffic in town. However, Lewis said that bills can be paid on-line, by mail and in other ways as well as in person. Bills can be paid online at the website at lcwsdist.com/ and other information is available on the website as well or by calling 606-633-8550.
In other business, the board voted unanimously to make Accounts Clerk Nick Hall the district’s application agent for dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in current and future allocations for flooding and other federal disaster relief payments and reports.
In the Engineers Report, Alan Bowman of Bell Engineering reported that district representatives and Bell Engineering staff met with project contractor Ronnie Mullins and Sons at the monthly progress meeting for the Red Star, Ulvah, Hallie, and Turkey Creek Water Improvement Project and approved two change orders, including the purchase of a flow meter to monitor leaks in the lines. The next meeting will be on June 12.
Bowman also told the board that the first meeting of the Cumberland River Water Commission was held on May 14 and that representatives of Bell Engineering, the Letcher County Fiscal Court and the cities of Benham and Lynch attended. He also said that Abandoned Mine Lands personnel are working on finalizing studies to determine funding eligibility for Letcher County projects in Millstone, Gordon 510, and Kingscreek. Bowman said he has been informed that the projects will probably be funded and AML is establishing plans for county projects in the near future.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the field portion of its environmental review for the federal prison at Roxana and plans to have the environmental assessment complete within 30 days. Kentucky Department of Water provided a waste load allocation letter for the wastewater treatment plant and the Kentucky River Area Development District is finalizing an additional funding package for both the water treatment facility and the wastewater treatment plant. District representatives, Bell Engineering staff, KRADD representatives and Corps of Engineers staffers drove the site to determine the treatment plant location and the size of the property. No action is pending on any other projects at this time.