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.
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.
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.
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.
Bell Engineering, as a subconsultant to lead design firm CDM/Smith, completed work on the Alumni Drive roadway realignment project located near Commonwealth Stadium on the University of Kentucky’s campus in August. Visit the following link for more information.
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.