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Well monitor contract not renewed

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities officials voted not to renew their contract with US Geological Survey this year for the monitoring well at the Taft plant.

The USGS monitors a test well and measures the ground to surface level of water each month. USGS then keeps records of the increase or decrease in ground water levels each year.

Ronnie Braden, LCBPU superintendent, said the contract renewal would cost $3,400 this year.

“I can pull up figures on the Internet. It seems like a lot of money for a little bitty piece of paper,” he added, referring to the single-page reports sent to the office monthly.

Braden also noted that the USGS only monitors the Taft well and does not monitor LCBPU’s two other wells.

During the meeting, board members voted to deny leak adjustment requests to two county residents. One customer was denied because he had a multiple-user, two-inch meter, which is not covered under the leak adjustment policy. The other resident that was denied did not have a leak in the water line, but asked for an adjustment for an unexplained water loss of 33,000 gallons of water.

In other action, the board approved a motion to move a meter closer to the house for a Patton Hollow Road resident. 

In other discussion, the owner of a trailer court on Old Mulberry Road, that used to be served by the Mulberry Utility District prior to 1992, stated that LCBPU is not honoring a contract he states the water utility made with him in 1992. The owner explained that the rates have gone from $4 per trailer to $24.50 per trailer, even if a trailer is empty.  Officials asked that the owner of the trailer park find the original contract and bring it back for the board to review.

Braden stated that Dixie Smith requested that two signatures appear on all checks issued by LCBPU. Officials stated that it would be almost impossible to do that all the time because of the small office staff and in the event that one of the parties goes on vacation. The board voted to table the issue for October.