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Search is on for new LCBPU superintendent

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Advertisements went out this week seeking a new superintendent for the Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities following the retirement of former superintendent Ronnie Braden on Aug. 1.

LCBPU officials Thursday evening discussed the criteria for the position and placed the ad in several venues this week, including The Times.

Board members will review the applications on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in a special work session.

In other discussion during last week’s meeting, the board discussed the request to all LCBPU customers to conserve water during the hot, dry weather for the remainder of the summer months.

A notice, which appears in The Times, urges customers to cease from watering lawns and filling swimming pools. Some customers may experience lower than normal water pressure, according to the notice.

Bob Ramsey, engineer, explained that the request was made because the water levels in the tanks north of Unity School and on Old Elkton Pike are low.

“We’re not sure why … it’s probably leaking lines,” Ramsey stated.

He noted that the Blanche water tank is feeding those tanks right now. The Blanche tank feeds down Cheatham Road to Old Elkton Pike and from there it feeds north to the Old Elkton Pike tank, Ramsey explained. A tank on Childress Road feeds down Red Hill Road to Old Molino Road and across the river going north to the Blanche and Unity areas, he said.

Officials authorized giving overtime to some LCBPU employees in order that they may search for the leaks. Anyone who sees a possible leak is asked to call the LCBPU office at 433-2259.

Earlier in July, Tennessee Valley Authority representatives stated that this area had received normal rainfall, with one-inch per week. TVA reps said that in order to maintain the levels in the reservoirs, this area needs an average of one inch of rain per week.

According to TVA’s Rain Gauge Data for Fayetteville, the monthly total for July was 3.10 inches of rain. From Aug. 1-7, Fayetteville has had 0.05 inches of daily precipitation.

While discussing the site of the future river intake water plant, Ramsey stated that the Corps of Engineers, TVA and Fish and Wildlife want to meet with the board concerning the size of the intake screen. The board agreed to meet with the agencies once a new superintendent is hired.