Whitesburg KY

Water board fires project engineers

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District Board of Directors voted at its May meeting to sever ties with Middlesboro engineering company Vaughn and Melton, the firm which has served the Cumberland River Water Project since its beginning.

During that time, there have been a number of failed attempts to secure a water source for Letcher County in the Cumberland River area, and representatives of the Kentucky River Area Development District told the board there is a growing sense of frustration with state and federal agencies at the slow pace of the project. The board voted unanimously to appointwater and sewer district employee Brian Hall, Cumberland River resident Sam Gilbert, and Richard Smith of Blackey to examine proposals and recommend a new engineering company to serve the Cumberland River area.

In other business, Jamie Noe of Bell Engineering reported that the original contract for Phase I of the Pert Creek, Pine Creek, and Cram Creek Water Improvements Project is now complete and water lines are in service. Representatives of the state Division of Abandoned Mine Lands and Bell Engineering have completed their final check and the final pay request was executed on May 12. The project has been closed out.

Phase II of the Pine Creek, Pert Creek and Cram Creek Water Project has been approved by the Kentucky Division of Water, and final plans were forwarded to project funder AML, which approved the plans. Easements for the tank property and pump station have been secured as well. Bids were to be advertised this week.

Water lines are in the ground and meters are set for Phase I of the Bull and Elk Creek Water Project and the pump station is in service and pumping water. A change order for fence repairs will extend the project by 84 days. The mainline segment of Deane Water Project Phase II is also in service and Bell Engineering has received an executed permit agreement from CSX for a line bore to Schuler Branch. CSX inspection services are scheduled to begin May 19.

Work is proceeding on Phase III of the Deane Project and contractors Ronnie Mullins and Sons have installed 21,864 linear feet of line along (highways) KY 1469 and KY 317. The booster pumping station has been installed as well and work in nearly complete on the storage tank. The contractors expect to meet the completion date of June 20, 2014. Representatives of Bell Engineering met with representatives of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and were advised that funding is available to relocate existing lines in Race Track Hollow Road. The board voted unanimously to advertise the project for bid.

Abandoned Mine Lands representatives have notified the District that the area covered by Phase II of the Red Star, Ulvah, and Turkey Creek Water Improvements Project are eligible for AML funding and the project design for the water line portion is complete. The tank design is almost finished as well.

Bell Engineering has also submitted plans and specifications to DOW, including a hydraulic analysis and an application for a permit from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for extension of water lines into Loggy Hollow. Other water and sewer projects are unchanged.

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