Greensburg Water Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting

The City of Greensburg, Kentucky, held a ribbon cutting ceremony September 2, 2016, to mark the completion of the Greensburg Water Treatment Plant Project. The project included design and construction of a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant to replace the old plant which had reached the end of its useful life. The existing raw water intake and pumping facility were also replaced and a new high service transmission main now connects the new plant to the existing distribution system. The project was designed to allow for future expansion of both the plant and the intake facilities.

The project was fully funded through $1,000,000 CDBG grant, $2,000,000 EDA grant and $4,694,000 USDA Rural Development grant and loan package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tom Fern, Rural Development State Director; Representative Terry Mills; Brian Smith, Field Representative for Congressman Guthrie’s office; Isaac Myers, Field Representative for the Department of Local Government; Mayor Lisle Cheatham, City of Greensburg; John Frank, Green County Judge Executive; Tad Long, Community Development Manager with the Kentucky League of Cities; Tom Noe, Market President at Forcht Bank; and Roger Sabo, Mortgage Loan Originator with Taylor County Bank. The event was also attended by Greensburg City Councilmembers; Board Members from the Green-Taylor Water District; Joe Smith, Owner of Smith Contractors; Bob Hunter, grant writer; and other Rural Development, community, and utility representatives.

Greensburg Water Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting

UKLA/KY-ASLA Tailgate Event Showcases Bell Projects

Bell Engineering’s Professional Landscape Architect and Certified Planner Josh Karrick recently participated in the UKLA/KY-ASLA Alumni Tailgate event. Several of Bell’s projects at the University of Kentucky (UK) were showcased including the UK/FEMA Nicholasville Road Flood Mitigation Project, UK Arboretum Woods Shared Use Trail, and the Alumni Road Realignment Project. Visit the following link for more information along with pictures from the day.

KSLA Tailgate Event

MCRWC Receives Spirit of Kentucky Award

The McLean County Regional Water Commission (MCRWC) was presented the 2015 Spirit of Kentucky Award by Governor Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder for the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant at the 40th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Spirit of Kentucky Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project which demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups. The McLean County Regional Water Commission, created in 2012, includes the cities of Calhoun, Island, Livermore and Sacramento, Kentucky, along with the North McLean County Water District and the McLean County Fiscal Court.

With a goal of regionalizing the area’s water operations, the commission worked together to plan and secure funding for a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant. Recently bid and awaiting start of construction, the project, designed by Bell Engineering, also includes upgrades to the existing raw water intake and raw water pump station at Calhoun, new transmission mains to serve Sacramento and Livermore, and a new booster pumping station to serve the region.

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Bell Engineering worked with the MCRWC and determined that a regional facility would be the most effective and efficient way to provide reliable and affordable water treatment and distribution to the area. Bell’s assistance, along with the cooperation of the local city and county governments, the local water district and state leadership, led to the project being awarded a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $2,500,000 KIA loan, and $7,416,000 USDA Rural Development (RD) grant and loan.

Arboretum Path Dedication

On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, campus and local officials gathered to celebrate the dedication and opening of the Arboretum Shared Use Path; a new shared use path on the southern end of the University of Kentucky’s campus. Located on the western edge of The Arboretum, the path connects bicyclists and pedestrians from neighborhoods in south Lexington to UK’s campus and downtown. It specifically links Shady Lane to University Court; providing a much needed connection from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s existing bikeway system to campus.

Dignitaries on hand for the dedication included UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmember Susan Lamb, UK Parking and Transportation Services Director Lance Broeking, UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder and Arboretum Director Molly Davis.

Aboretum Path Ribbon Cutting

The following link offers more information along with a video about the project produced by the UK Public Relations and Marketing Department:

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/new-shared-use-path-connects-commuters-campus-city

Retirement Celebration for Ron Rogers

Bell Engineering employees, friends and family gathered Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Malone’s Banquets in Lexington, Kentucky to celebrate the retirement of Ron Rogers. Ron began his career with Bell Engineering in 1975 as a Junior Engineer. Over the next 15 years he worked his way up through the ranks and in 1990 became a Principal in the firm. He was well-respected in the field of wastewater engineering and his loyalty and dedication to the firm will be greatly missed.

The celebration allowed everyone to share in this exciting time for Ron and his family and highlighted the tremendous value he added to our company. We were glad that his family could join us for the celebration, and were proud to offer several parting gifts in appreciation to him for his years of service. For those who know Ron, his passion for bourbon, the beach and the Kentucky Wildcats is what made him who he is. We at Bell Engineering wish him many years to enjoy his family and these passions and we will remain forever grateful for the friendship and leadership he offered during his nearly four decades of service to Bell Engineering.

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