Utilities OK GPS system, archaeological survey

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission on Thursday, May 4 approved purchasing a new GPS system for its vehicles and authorized an archaeological survey for the site of its new water plant.

Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry, during the Utilities Commission’s regular meeting on Thursday, presented a number of requests that required approval.

First, Embry requested changing the GPS service in Leitchfield Utilities’ vehicles to a better, cheaper alternative.

The utilities currently use MapSync for GPS services at the cost of $6,000 per year; however, Embry said, after he was informed of a cheaper alternative, the utilities opted not to renew their contract with MapSync.

Bluegrass Cellular has offered to provide hardware to give an unlimited number of Leitchfield Utilities’ owned vehicles Wi-Fi access at the cost of $275 per month, Embry said.

After the vehicles have Wi-Fi installed, Embry said, the utilities will use tablets and smartphones for GPS service.

Additionally, at the cost of $275 per month, Leitchfield Utilities is expected to save $2,700 per year on GPS services, according to Embry.

Following Embry’s presentation, the Utilities Commission voted to approve the request to change GPS service providers.

In other business:

*Embry told the Utilities Commission he had signed a contract to have an archaeological survey conducted at the location of the new Leitchfield Water Treatment Plant.

The survey will cost $2,000, and the Utilities Commission voted to ratify the contract.

*The Utilities Commission voted to purchase a walk behind roller from Wilson Equipment for Leitchfield Utilities’ new diesel fueled asphalt machine.

The cost of the walk behind roller is $6,900.

*Embry informed the Utilities Commission that Leitchfield Utilities will, beginning in June, henceforth have only two billing cycles per year instead of three.

This decision came as a result of the utilities’ now having only one meter reader, he said.


By Matt Lasley


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