Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities (LCBPU) received high marks following Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Division of Water Resources’ Sanitary Survey of the water system recently.

Of LCBPU’s two systems, Highland Rim, known as system one, received a score of 97 percent, receiving 587 points out of a possible 599 points. There were some minor action items.

“We’ll take care of them posthaste,” said Chris Merz, superintendent.

Following the meeting, Mertz stated that some of the tank vents and overflow pipes need new screens on them and one of the tanks may not have a lock on the top hatch.

System two, the Mulberry/Belleville System, which serves the northeast corner of Lincoln County, earned a score of 98 percent, receiving 414 points out of a possible 421 points. All of the water that feeds system two is purchased from Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU).

“There are a couple of things to address,” said Merz, adding that he will update the board with a corrected score sheet.

Bob Ramsey, engineer, requested a change order regarding construction on the Skinem tank that would call for the installation of an interior hand rail with an approximate cost of $7,500. While discussing the tank, Ramsey suggested voting on another change order for the addition of a mid-rail on the exterior of the tank around the walkway at the midsection of the tank. This would bring the 1984 tank up to OSHA standards. Both items were approved by the board.

In other action, the annual election of officers took place with board members unanimously electing Mark Bolden as chairman; Josh Buchanan as vice chair; and Jack Fowler, secretary.

Additionally, two new board members were present for the meeting after being appointed to the board by the Lincoln County Commission. They are Jason Parks, senior pastor of The Refuge Church in Huntsville, Ala., and Will Hamilton of First National Bank of Pulaski.

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