Clarkson hires engineering firm for sewer upgrade

By Don Brown -

The Clarkson City Commission hired the engineering firm of Cann-Tech, LLC to begin the process of upgrading its municipal sewer system at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.

The commissioners voted unanimously to hire the Lawrenceburg, Ky. firm following a presentation by Cann-Tech Principal, Larry W. Cann.

Cann presented the commission with a Statement of Qualifications in which the firm proposed doing a full eveluation of the system’s collection, pumping and treatment system, conducting an infiltration and inflow evaluation which would determine any impact on ground water, and evaluating each pumping station, manhole and wet well in the system.

These system evaluations would consider improvements to controls, pumps, pump rails, and electrical upgrades. The treatment facilities evaluation would consider the overall treatment capabilities of the system, along with an assessment of sludge volume and buildup in the lagoon.

The state is in the beginning stages of a project which would widen the portion of US 62 through the city, and Cann said his firm would also be coordinating with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regarding any impact that would have on the sewer system.

The firm will be preparing cost estimates for all the improvements and will prepare a rate analysis, listing the impact of the upgrade on the rates the city’s customers pay. They will also be looking into re-financing possibilities of the city’s current long-term indebtedness and will prepare estimates of future costs and will assist the city in the funding process.

Cann will serve as the Project Manager, with Cann-Tech engineers Matt Baker and Don Sexton serving as Project Engineers.

Cann explained it would probably be around sixty days before the firm will issue its preliminary Engineering Report, which will give commissioners a better handle on exactly what the project will entail. The commissioners also voted to approve allowing Mayor Bonnie Henderson the authority to sign all the paperwork involved with getting the process under way.

Following a brief executive session in which the commissioners discussed a potential land acquisition, the commissioners listened as State Representative Tim Moore presented the group with a a copy of a resolution by the state assembly which recognized Clarkson as “The Honey Bee Capital of Kentucky.”

Moore also presented the commission with a resolution recognizing police chief Buck Meredith’s donation of two-thirds of his liver to his uncle in a life-saving procedure last February, calling it “an act of courage.” Following the presentation, the commissioners passed a proclamation declaring Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016 as “Buck Meredith Day” in Clarkson.

Meredith thanked the commission and told them how grateful he was for all the support he had received from the city and its citizens, saying he, “…couldn’t have done it without them.”

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.

Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.

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