The Columbia Adair Utilities District board accepted a bid for the next phase of the “downtown Columbia” project during its regular monthly meeting last week.
The board accepted the lowest bid for the project that starts near Save-A-Lot and ends near the stoplight at the intersection of Burkesville Street and the bypass. Stotts Construction Company was the low bidder on the project at $1,104,750.
“As you all know this project is just another part of our bigger effort of controlling and limiting our water loss,” said utilities district manager Lenny Stone. “This still must be approved by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and by Public Service Commission, but we are hopeful to get that all sent in and approved soon and we hope to start the project in early 2018.”
The board also reviewed the district’s 2016 audit during their monthly meeting. The review normally takes place earlier in the year, but due to new software updates, there was a delay this year. Matt Hayes of Buckner, Wise, and Lee accounting, presented the financial report to the board and noted a significant profit of approximately $237,000 for the year.
“Overall everything looked very good and you’re definitely heading in the right direction,” said Hayes.
In other news at the meeting, the board discussed other methods of reducing water loss by documenting water usage by county firefighters.
“We’ve never charged the fire departments for water, but PSC is really watching water loss this year and we have to start documenting the water we give away to fight fires,” said Stone.
Currently, PSC requires water loss to be below 15 percent without serious issues or penalties and so far the utility district has been averaging a 12 percent water loss over the course of 2017. However, the board has promised to purchase new equipment to help identify small leaks within the system and believe the Burkesville Street “downtown project” will lead to a big improvement in the water loss percentage.
“We think that we have some caves around that area and we are pretty sure this area is causing a lot of our water loss issues,” said Stone.
A new petition for service on Old Clear Springs Road was approved by the board before adjournment. All members of the utility board were in attendance for the meeting.
By Adam Capps