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Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities’ officials Thursday evening voted to approve a bid for the Phase VI project in the amount of $2.750 million.
W&O Construction out of Livingston was the lowest and best bidder.
“This contractor has been around for a long time,” said Ronnie Braden, superintendent.
The next step is for Rural Development to approve the bid. The funding comes from a Rural Development loan/grant. Once the contractors start work, they have 470 calendar days to complete the work.
Braden noted that he’s hoping they can start the project in September.
Phase VI will include replacing old water lines with new lines on East and West Prospect Roads, Highway 231, from Prospect to Lincoln Road, and Ardmore Highway to Skinem.
“We think this will be the last of the AC (asbestos-cement) pipe (to be replaced),” said Braden.
Two new officers joined the board for their first meeting Thursday evening, Danny Walker and Mike Gooding. Following their introduction, board members elected new officers. Ron Stanly was voted chairman; Paul Butcher, vice chair; and Mike Gooding, secretary.
Chairman Stanly’s first assignment was to open a letter addressed to the board from the state comptroller. LCBPU received a bill for $23,673 for the investigative audit of the system. The board approved paying the fee.
In other action, a Mason Road resident requested a water adjustment following a leak where 782,000 gallons of water was lost. The resident received one adjustment of $1,400, but requested leniency with a second leak adjustment. The board voted not to give a second adjustment.
Unrelated to those leaks Braden later stated, “We had a multitude of main breaks lately,” noting that there were breaks in old water lines, mostly the PVC type. “We try to do better every month … (but) we have 734 miles of line,” Braden said.
Work on the river intake project continues to be stalled. Bob Ramsey, engineer, stated that Tennessee Valley Authority’s latest requirement is for additional archeological, historical and endangered species surveys completed on the river intake plant site. The plant site is about 2,000 feet away from the intake site where previous surveys were completed. The survey would be on trees that could possibly serve as habitats for the endangered Indiana Bat.
There is also an old church near the site, which Braden said they want to check to see if it might be eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
TVA also requires an archeological survey to determine whether there are any Indian remains at the future plant site. The cost of the survey is $10,000.
In 2011, LCBPU hired Griggs and Maloney Inc, an environmental engineering and consulting firm based in Murfreesboro, to conduct surveys at the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the impact on a variety of mussel and Bolder Darters, if they existed in that part of the river.