Utilities elects 2014-15 officers

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

February 22, 2014

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission elected its officers for the term of March 1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015 during its regularly scheduled Thursday, Feb. 20 meeting.

The Utilities Commission passed a motion to re-elect Robert Crawford to the position of Chairman and Dwight Embry to the position of Vice-Chairman.

In addition, Crawford said previously Leitchfield City Finance Officer Erin Embry served as the Utilities Commission Secretary, but when she transitioned from Leitchfield City Clerk/Treasurer to City Finance Officer on July 15, 2013, she could no longer serve as Utilities Commission Secretary.

Thus, the Utilities Commission passed a motion to elect current Leitchfield City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Sowders to the position of Utilities Commission Secretary.

In other business:

*During its Thursday, Feb. 6 meeting, the Utilities Commission passed a motion to authorize City Attorney David Vickery to submit a letter to the Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting engineers.

This decision came as a result of a discussion regarding the wholesale water rate calculation for water purchased by Grayson County Water District from the City.

Because the engineers for Water Management Services and Grayson County Water District (Cann-Tech) had not agreed on a wholesale rate, Vickery told the Commission the Agreed Judgment in Civil Action 82-CI-120 from 1982 needed to be utilized, requiring a submission to the PSC to supply three professional engineers, one of whom would be selected to act as an arbitrator.

The arbitrator, along with the Utilities’ and Water District’s engineers would then jointly determine the rate.

During the Thursday, Feb. 20 meeting, however, Crawford recommended that the Utilities Commission authorize Vickery to make an additional negotiation between Water Management Services and Grayson County Water District before submitting the request to the PSC.

The Utilities Commission passed a motion authorizing Vickery to attempt an additional negotiation between the two parties.

*The Utilities Commission went into Executive Session to discuss the potential acquisition of an easement.

The Utilities Commission authorized Vickery and Utilities Superintendent Kevin Pharis to negotiate with the party concerning the easement.