Water district has surplus from several grants
by Alan Reed
Jul 12, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Lake Barkley Water Board announced a monetary surplus from several project grants at their July 10 meeting. The board looked for needs within the water district that could be addressed with the surplus funding, and ways to apply the money justified within the terms of the grant awards. The board also approved two expansions and tabled a third for additional study.

Engineer Ricky Oakley said that roughly $50,000 remained from the South Road expansion grant awarded from Rural Development. He said he planned to approach Rural Development officials to with needs for the money, and approval to address the needs.

Superintendent Terry Goins said that he was aware of a few needs. He proposed seeking approval to use left over finds from the radio-read meter replacement project to purchase a new fleet truck for the purposes of reading meters. “Our truck has about had it. I think we should buy a new reading truck with the funds.”

Goins also said that a service truck within the fleet was not as worn as the reading truck, but could potentially be replaced as well, while it maintained some trade-in value, while the current reading truck could be used at the water treatment plant.

The board felt that the newer truck would make a better auxiliary vehicle and the older model should be traded. They approved unanimously to seek bids for two new trucks, pending approval of the grand money to be used for purchase.

The superintendent also announced a large surplus of $120,469.68 from a line replacement project, and proposed using it to purchase an emergency pump for raw water out of the lake. “This kind of money comes along so rarely, and we have to be smart and not waste it,” said Goins.

The two, current lake water pumps have declined in efficiency, being 19 years old. “When I started here, they were at 1,600 gallons per minute, now they are down to 1,400. That shows us they could have some problems. If both pumps went out, I am not sure what we would tell Trigg County when they asked for water.”

Oakley said that the grant award specified that the funds were for pipe replacement, and waste prevention only, and he was unsure if funds could be re-allocated for a pump, costing $5,649. He proposed using some of the Rural Development for the procurement.

The board unanimously agreed that the need was both present and pressing to have a spare pump, should there be mechanical problems, and voted to approach Rural Development to divert some of the surplus to a new pump. The board also said that if the surplus could not be used to pay for the equipment, the need was important enough for the Water District to pay for the pump themselves.

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