Somerset ACEC Award

The City of Somerset, Kentucky, and Bell Engineering were presented an Engineering Excellence Grand Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky for the City of Somerset Water Treatment Plant at the ACEC-KY reception held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Bell Engineering and the City of Somerset began developing the project in 2005. At that time, the City had a variety of issues with the existing water treatment system. Rapid growth in the area meant the plant was quickly approaching its 10 mgd rated capacity. The City had also received a request to change its operational mode from a combination conventional/superpulsator to one treatment type. Finally, proposed regulations were going to impact Somerset’s ability to remain in compliance with the KYDOW.

Bell completed a feasibility study that projected demands through 2040 and determined a 16 mgd membrane filtration treatment plant with improvements at the existing site was the best solution. Membrane filtration offers a small footprint allowing the existing site to be utilized while also creating an absolute barrier to microbial contaminants. Bell worked with local and state representatives to secure funding including a $20,000,000 Rural Development (RD) Grant/Loan package making it the largest ARRA funded water project in the U.S. While Somerset is ineligible for RD funding, Bell determined that 80% of their process water is sold to customers outside the City limits, all of which are eligible to receive RD funds. This lowered the rate increase required to support the project, which was the first since 1993.

Construction of the project was difficult due to tight site conditions and Karst features including a large sinkhole. Site remediation was required to shore the foundation and ultimately the team was able to complete the new structures and re-purpose several existing structures while maintaining full treatment capacity. Finally, construction of the project began on the heels of the recession. This allowed the project not only to impact the water quantity/quality in the region, but also provided a substantial financial boost to the citizens of Somerset and Pulaski County.
Receiving Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC

McLean NADO Innovation Award

The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) was awarded a 2016 National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Innovation Award for the McLean County Regional Water Plant. The NADO Innovation Award honors significant advances in community and economic development that help improve the quality of life for diverse communities. Esri and NADO are working together to promote innovation for regional governments across the country. More information regarding NADO and the 2016 Innovation Award winners can be found at NADO Innovation Awards 2016.

The McLean County Regional Water Commission (MCRWC), 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 to plan and secure funding for a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant. Currently under 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.

McLean NADO Award map
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.

Groundbreaking for New Water Treatment Plant in McLean County

The McLean County Regional Water Commission held a groundbreaking ceremony October 29, 2015, to mark the beginning of the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant. The project includes a new 2 million gallon per day (mgd) conventional water treatment plant along with 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. The McLean County Regional Water Commission, created in 2012, includes the cities of Calhoun, Island, Livermore, and Sacramento along with the North McLean County Water District and the McLean County Fiscal Court.

The project is fully funded through a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $7,416,000 USDA Rural Development (RD) grant and loan package, and a $1,600,000 loan from Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Joe Bowen, State Senator; Jim Gooch, State Representative; Jerry Cloyd, USDA RD Area Director; McLean County Judge Executive Kelly Thurman; Mayor Betty Howard, City of Sacramento; Mayor David Abrams, City of Calhoun; Former Mayor Sonny Renfrow, City of Livermore; Mayor Charlie Strole, City of Island; Ronnie Dame, McLean County Regional Water Commission; and Jiten Shah, Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Executive Director. The event was also attended by representatives from the McLean County Regional Water Commission, McLean County Fiscal Court, North McLean Water District, GRADD, city council and other community members and Brian Bohrnstedt, CFO of Peyronnin Construction Company Inc.

McLean County New WTP Groundbreaking

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.

Owingsville/CTI Foods Expansion Project

CTI Foods is investing more than $42 million in an initial expansion to its operations center in Owingsville, Kentucky, as part of a $58 million total expansion which will add nearly 200 full-time jobs at the facility. The expansion will affect the facility’s product line and requires the construction of a new equalization basin and pretreatment facility at the Bath County Industrial Park wastewater treatment facility located adjacent to the operations center.

The City of Owingsville, in partnership with CTI Foods, held a check presentation ceremony June 9, 2014, to accept a check from the US Economic Development Agency (EDA) in the amount of $1,250,000. Also included in the funding package is a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $650,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tony Wilder, Department for Local Government Commissioner; Phil Paradise, US EDA Regional Director; Pam Farmer, US EDA Representative; Andy Barr, Congressman; Mayor Gary Hunt, City of Owingsville; Tony Walker, CTI Plant Manager; Gail Wright, Gateway ADD Executive Director; Jocelyn Gross, Gateway ADD Project Administrator; Steve Faudere, Water and Sewer Superintendent; Mellisa Hodge, Water and Sewer Secretary; Kathy Conway, Owingsville City Clerk; Doug Copher, Bath County Fiscal Court Treasurer as well as representatives from the Bath County Industrial Board and other community members.