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.

Monticello Wastewater Treatment Plant Groundbreaking

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.

Monticello WWTP Groundbreaking


RRWA Receives 2012 Spirit of Kentucky Award

The Red River Wastewater Authority (RRWA) was presented the 2012 Spirit of Kentucky Award by Governor Steve Beshear and the Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder for the Red River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility at the 37th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Spirit of Kentucky Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project that demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups. Representatives of the City of Stanton, the City of Clay City, and Powell County came together to form the RRWA to plan for the future needs of their region rather than their individual needs.

RRWA Award

Bell Engineering worked with the RRWA and determined that a regional facility would be the most effective and efficient way to provide reliable and affordable sewage collection and treatment. Bell’s assistance, along with the cooperation of the local city and county governments, led to 62.5% grant funding for the project including KIA, CDBG, USDA RD, EDA, ARC and HUD Disaster Recovery. The project is currently under construction.

RRWA Groundbreaking

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.

RRWA Groundbreaking

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.

Presentation at AZ Water Association Conference and Exhibition

Mr. Jim D. Buckles, P.E., BCEE recently presented on Wastewater Sampling: The Challenges of Representative Wastewater Sampling at the 85th Annual AZ Water Association Conference and Exhibition in Glendale, Arizona. Serving as the Arizona chapter of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation, AZ Water’s primary functions are education and dissemination of information for providing safe water and for the reclamation of wastewater.

Mr. Buckles’ presentation outlined appropriate equipment and procedures to ensure accurate flow measurements along with BMP’s for obtaining truly representative data. Topics of discussion included calibration, selecting locations, observation and notes and collection safety including avoiding confined space entry when possible.