Utilities talk $10.5k telemetry system upgrade

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission, during its regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18, discussed the need to replace one of its three water tower telemetry system sites in the near future.

According to Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford, Leitchfield Utilities’ telemetry system is used to send water tower levels to the water plant so that the utilities know how much water is in each tower.

Telemetry systems are proprietary systems to each company who designs, programs, and installs them, meaning one company’s system will not work with another’s.

Crawford said Leitchfield Utilities’ original telemetry system was installed with the 1984 plant upgrade by Micro-com out of Kansas; however, the system became obsolete more than 15 years ago and has been kept running using on-hand spare parts.

In 2006, two of the three telemetry sites went down and could not be repaired, and price quotes were received from a number of companies to replace those two existing sites with the agreement that the third would not be replaced until the old telemetry unit went out, Crawford said.

After taking into consideration price, the company’s location (for parts and service calls), and the quality of work on prior projects, Leitchfield Utilities selected HTI Inc., out of Horse Branch, KY, to perform the work.

Crawford said the third and last of the old telemetry system sites went down a couple of weeks ago and cannot be repaired, so it must be replaced.

The price quote for the replacement of the last of the old system sites is $10,500.

However, because the Utilities Commission was not informed of the issue until Thursday, no action was taken during the meeting, and the matter was tabled to allow the Commission additional time to review it.

In other business:

*The Utilities Commission approved a $428.52 invoice from Pharis Electric to remove, rebuild, and replace a service pole at the School Street water tower.


By Matt Lasley


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

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