McLean Co. Regional Water Commission Receives Award

The McLean County Regional Water Commission (MCRWC) was presented with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s (KIA) 2018 H20 Award by KIA Executive Director Donna McNeil for the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant at the 43rd Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

The H20 Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project which demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups to improve services to customers. 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.

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. Recently finished, the project, designed by Bell Engineering, included 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.

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.

McLean Co. Regional Water Commission H2O Award

Refreshing Kentucky’s Finest

With the recent snow and bitterly cold temperatures, it is easy to find yourself daydreaming about warmer weather and longer days. We relish the thought of venturing outside beyond running as quickly as possible to and from our cars to our homes, the office or the store. When spring has finally sprung, we can take the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy what the Bluegrass State has to offer.

A great place to start is by taking advantage of one of the 49 Kentucky State Parks located across the Commonwealth. In an effort to complete safety and aesthetic improvements within the state park system, Governor Matt Bevin implemented the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign in 2016, committing $3.13 million in funding for various renovations. Many of these improvements were carried out during 2016 and 2017, meaning visitors will see a difference on their next trip.

Kentucky Living magazine cover for January 2018Bell Engineering was privileged to work on several of these projects including upgrades to the utilities at Waveland Mansion located in Fayette County, and work at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Whitley County. Each project required a unique approach due to the differences in scope. This process highlights the Bell team’s ability to design projects with regards to the context of their surroundings.

The Waveland Mansion is located just inside the Fayette County line near Lexington, Kentucky. It was constructed prior to the Civil War, and was once part of a 2,000-acre farm that straddled the Fayette-Jessamine County line. Stepping on the property is like stepping back in time–it is a place where the way of life from 200 years ago can be remembered and explored.

The mansion and grounds were experiencing low water pressure, and the intent of the State was to replace the entire water system with a new one. While not an unusual project, this one came with the larger challenge of minimizing impacts on the site as much as possible. The goal was to leave nothing behind that did not fit the
environment of a typical 19th century central Kentucky farm.

To accomplish this, Bell designed the new water system to be constructed with HDPE pipe. This material allowed for construction to be accomplished through directional bore, minimizing the excavation required. The contractor was able to do just that, and the entire system was replaced through four small bore holes. Because open trenches were not used, the site was quickly restored to its natural state following the completion of construction.

Cumberland Falls is located outside of Corbin, Kentucky. Although the area has been inhabited for thousands of years, the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park was established in 1931. Attracting people from around the world, Cumberland Falls is known as the “Niagara of the South,” with water pouring 65 feet over rocks
estimated to be 250 million years old. While the falls are a sight to see year-round, visitors lucky enough to stop by during certain times throughout the year can witness the coveted moonbow. A moonbow is a natural phenomenon where a rainbow is produced by moonlight, rather than sunlight. Moonbows only occur in two
places in the world, Cumberland Falls in Kentucky, and Victoria Falls in Africa.

Bell Engineering has had the opportunity to complete three projects at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Two of these involved repairing or installing new railing systems at the falls viewing areas and other work included renovations to the general store and bathhouse.

The Lower Viewing Area project involved the design and construction of structural repairs to the elevated walkway which brings tourists along the cliff-face to two separate viewing areas on the lower side of the falls. The existing railings at the lower viewing areas were dilapidated and there were noticeable structural cracks in the elevated walkways. The existing railings were removed and replaced or repaired to a like-new state as a part of this project. All structural steel was replaced with stainless steel to prevent future corrosion, and the portions of the elevated walkway with structural deficiencies were corrected and new concrete was placed. These improvements provided not only a much-needed face-lift, but also extended the useful life of this portion of the park for years to come.

While the upper viewing area was experiencing many of the same problems and safety concerns as the lower viewing area, it differed in that portions of the upper viewing area actually extend into the Cumberland River just above the falls. Years of flooding had taken a toll on the removable railing system and surrounding stone walls. Bell created a more efficient, custom designed, powder coated aluminum railing system that can be removed and reinstalled in a fraction of the time required by the old system. Bell also designed a new, exposed aggregate concrete walkway that accommodates disabled visitors by providing a closer look at the falls. Absent prior to this project, the installation of this feature will contribute to even more visitors enjoying this natural wonder.

Visit https://www.kentuckyliving.com/explore/refreshing-the-finest to see pictures of the Cumberland Falls projects and find information on other projects accomplished through the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign.

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

Water For People–Supporting a Good Cause

Water For People is an international nonprofit working across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4,000,000 people. They look to create long-lasting water and sanitation infrastructure and foster relationships with community members, governments, and business owners to accomplish that goal. Bell Engineering is proud to support Water For People‘s effort by again making a $1,000 donation to their cause. Kelly Gillespie, President of Bell Engineering, accepted a plaque recognizing our contribution for the year 2016. Bell has donated this money to the organization every year since 2011.

Additionally, Bell staff member Ron McMaine, Senior Vice President and Principal, also supports the organization through volunteer efforts. Mr. McMaine assists each year alongside other volunteers at the Water For People booth at the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Professionals Conference. During the conference, a silent auction of donated items takes place at the group’s booth to raise additional funds. This year these efforts raised an additional $2,400.

Receiving Water for People Award