Pump repair proves more complex

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission voted this week to repair a damaged pump at the city water treatment plant, despite an increase in the price of the job due to unforeseen complications.

During its Dec. 17, 2015 meeting, the Utilities Commission approved rebuilding a pump at the Leitchfield water treatment plant at the cost of $5,560.

Since that time, however, Layne Water Resources, the company contracted for the repair, discovered that the project has become “much more significant,” according to Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford.

Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry said the quoted cost of the project increased to a total of $18,164 upon the discovery that the pump’s impellers are, as stated in Layne’s project description, “completely destroyed and need to be replaced.”

Originally, Layne Water Resources intended to repair only the top portion of the pump. Leitchfield Utilities was unaware of both the damages to the impellers and that they were brass, a metal no longer considered suitable for such a purpose.

The cost of the repair, including the replacement of the brass impellers with stainless steel impellers, is $15,012. The cost of field labor and equipment to pull and re-install the pump is an additional $3,152 for a total cost of $18,164.

“We have to deal with it,” said Embry, adding that Water Treatment Plant Manager Darren Dennison recommended repairing the pump rather than replacing it.

The water treatment plant has three pumps, and, as long as the one in question is damaged, the plant will be running off only two, according to Crawford.

Because of the immediate need for the pump’s repair, which has a lead time of two weeks, the Utilities Commission approved the project to repair the water plant pump.

In other business:

*The Utilities Commission received copies of the bid results for a new Leitchfield Utilities dump truck.

Of the seven bids received, the low bid was from Tri-State International Trucks of Bowling Green, KY for a 2017 International 7400 MD Tandem with 315 horsepower and 950 lb/ft. torque at the cost of $71,735.

However, Embry and Utilities Attorney David Vickery, after reviewing the bids, recommended the Utilities Commission accept a bid from Peterson Truck Center, out of Louisville, for a 2017 Kenworth T300 Series, with 350 horsepower and a 1,000 lb/ft. torque at the cost of $76,630.

Embry said the Kenworth is the best value for the price, has an all-aluminum cab, and will last a long time.

The Utilities Commission took no action to purchase a new dump truck on Thursday and chose to instead review the bids and make a selection during its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21.

The bids were received on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and the Utilities Commission has 30 days to accept a bid.

*The Utilities Commission approved its Fiscal Year 2014-2015 audit report.

The report, presented by Jeff Carter, CPA, with Taylor, Polson & Company, PSC, out of Glasgow, was an unmodified, clean opinion.

The report showed an overall $808,670 positive net change (profit) and a net position of $20.2 million for Leitchfield Utilities’ 2014-2015 fiscal year, Carter said.

After hearing Carter’s presentation, the Utilities Commission voted to accept its 2014-2015 fiscal year audit report.

*The Utilities Commission voted to authorize the Kentucky League of Cities to update the City of Leitchfield and Leitchfield Utilities’ personnel policy at the cost of $2,400 plus an additional $300 for two training sessions.

The Utilities Commission will share the cost of the personnel policy update with the City of Leitchfield, according to Crawford.

*Crawford said Leitchfield Utilities’ 50-year water contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is set to expire this year, and Vickery will soon supply a new agreement to the USACE so that Leitchfield Utilities may continue to receive water from them.


By Matt Lasley


Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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