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.
Navitas Utility Corporation, partnering with Equity Group of Kentucky – Keystone Foods, held a groundbreaking ceremony August 6, 2014, to mark the beginning of the Natural Gas Line Extension Project to provide natural gas to Keystone Foods’ Albany processing facility. The $1,225,000 project will begin at the Albany Gate regulating station and includes nearly 7.5 miles of 6-inch, polyethylene gas main connecting to the processing facility. Several residences may also be served along the way. The project will allow natural gas to support a large portion of the processing facility’s energy needs reducing Keystone’s electric consumption and energy costs.
The event was attended by Albany Mayor Nicky Smith; Clinton County Judge Executive Lyle Huff; Thomas Hartline and Kevin Pearcy, Navitas Utility Corporation; Dr. Robert Williams, Bob Bowers and Donna Roark, Keystone Foods; members of the Albany – Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, officials from the Albany City Council and Clinton County Fiscal Court as well as other community members.
The City of Somerset, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony April 17, 2014, to mark the beginning of the Midtown Sanitary Sewer Project. The City has experienced significant growth during the past 10 years. As a result, their sanitary sewer system is overloaded and experiences significant inflow and infiltration. This project will replace approximately 12,400 linear feet of undersized trunk sewer with 24- and 30-inch PVC and ductile iron pipe. These improvements will greatly increase the system capacity reducing sanitary sewer overflows.
The $3,000,000 project is funded through a $1,800,000 U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant as well as local funds. The event was attended by Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler; City Council Members Jim Rutherford, Mike New, Tom Eastham, John Minton, Jimmy Eastham, and Jim Mitchell; Carrie Weise, City Attorney; Alex Godsey, City Engineer; Charles Dick, Somerset Wastewater Manager; Dana Whitis, Water and Wastewater Coordinator; Martin Johnson, Gary Epperson, and Charles Combs, Somerset Wastewater Department; and Eric Weddle, Weddle Construction.
The City of Monticello, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony June 6, 2013, to mark the beginning of the Monticello Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project. The project is an expansion of the existing 3 mgd conventional water treatment plant (WTP) to a 4.5 mgd membrane WTP adjacent to the existing site and utilizing portions of the existing facility.
The project is fully funded through $1,000,000 CDBG grant, $500,000 ARC grant and $9,246,000 USDA Rural Development grant and loan package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tony Wilder, Department for Local Government Commissioner; Thomas Fern, USDA Rural Development State Director; Karen Kelly and Shannon Rickett, Congressman Hal Rogers’ Office; Brian Mills, Senator Rand Paul’s Office; Donna McClure, Senator Mitch McConnell’s Office; Peggy Satterly, ARC/CDBG; Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director; Mayor Jeffrey Edwards, City of Monticello and Judge Executive Greg Rankin, Wayne County. The event was also attended by Council Members Charles Peters and Martin Breeding, Magistrate Dale Vaughn, representatives from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, Kerry and Joe Smith, Owners of Smith Contractors and other community and utility representatives.
The City of Monticello, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony October 4, 2012, to mark the beginning of the Monticello Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project. The project is an expansion of the existing 0.7 mgd WWTP to 1.4 mgd on the existing site.
The project is fully funded through EDA grant and USDA Rural Development grant and loan package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included State Representative Sara Beth Gregory; Thomas Fern, USDA Rural Development State Director; Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director; Mayor Jeffrey Edwards, City of Monticello; Judge Executive Greg Rankin, Wayne County; and Gene Jones, Monticello Utilities Commission General Manager. The event was also attended by Monticello council members, other community and utility representatives and Kerry and Joe Smith, owners of Smith Contractors.