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.
Construction of the UK/Nicholasville Road FEMA Flood Mitigation Project on the University of Kentucky campus began on April 9, 2014. The project, designed by Bell Engineering, includes a number of water quantity and quality control measures to be implemented in the Nicholasville Road area adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium. Seven detention basins will be enlarged or modified within the 240 acre watershed including the addition of 8.3 acre-feet of underground stormwater detention to accommodate the 100-year, 24-hour storm. Best Management Practices (BMP’s) such as bio-infiltration swales, bioretention, vegetative buffers, hydrodynamic separators and stream restoration will be implemented as well. Additionally, the project requires a number of utility relocations along Shawneetown Drive and Alumni Drive and relocation of parking lots. Shawneetown Drive will be permanently removed and upgrades will be made at the upstream side of the culvert on Nicholasville Road. When completed, the project is expected to serve a dual-purpose as a passive park with concealed stormwater management attributes.
The $12,000,000 project is funded through a 75 percent FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant used to address drainage and flooding problems caused by an undersized system. The estimated completion date for the project is October 2015.
Community and Development Services and Bell Engineering staff, along with local media, were on-site Wednesday, April 2, 2014, as the bridge connecting Hopkinsville’s Westside Park with the first phase of the Pennyrile Rail Trail project was fitted in place across the Little River. As part of renovations to Westside Park, Bell Engineering worked with the City to design a bridge to connect the park to the new Rail Trail project on the opposite side of the Little River. In order to clear the 100 year flood plain of the river, a 130-foot clear span was selected. Concrete abutments drilled into rock were hidden by segmented block retaining walls. The bridge is 130-foot by 10-foot wide concrete decked, weathered steel.
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 Red River Wastewater Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony June 15, 2012 to mark the beginning of the $13.1 million Red River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. The project includes the upgrade of the existing Stanton Wastewater Treatment Plant from 0.460 million gallons per day to 1.411 mgd. This new regional facility, serving the Cities of Stanton and Clay City, will eliminate the need for the existing Clay City Wastewater Treatment Plant which will be decommissioned upon project completion. The project also includes a new force main and pump station to direct flow from Clay City to the new facility.
The new Red River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility is funded by 62.5% grant monies and includes funds from: KIA, CDBG, USDA RD, EDA, ARC and HUD Disaster Recovery. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Governor Steve Beshear; Congressman Ben Chandler; Representative Richard Henderson; Tony Wilder, Commissioner of the Department for Local Government; Tom Fern, State Director of USDA Rural Development; Mayor Dale Allen, City of Stanton; Mayor James Caudill, City of Clay City and John Brewer, Chair of the RRWA.
The event was also attended by representatives from the various funding agencies, the Bluegrass Area Development District and other community members.