Utilities buy truck, updated on water plant

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission on Thursday, Aug. 3 approved the more than $38,000 purchase of a new tool truck, as well as received an update on the project to construct a new city water treatment plant.

Three bids for a new utility tool truck were opened on Thursday afternoon and presented to the Utilities Commission for consideration.

The first, from Swope Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was for a Dodge at the cost of $46,161.40.

The second, from Dan Powers GM Center, was for a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD (1-ton) at the cost of $38,290.

The third, from All-State Ford, was for a 2017 Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4×4 Dually at the cost of $39,406.

Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry said all three bids were compliant with the bid specifications and recommended that the Utilities Commission accept the low bid from Dan Powers.

Based on Embry’s recommendation, the Utilities Commission voted to purchase the Chevrolet Silverado from Dan Powers GM Center.

Additionally, Embry provided an update on the status of the project to construct a new Leitchfield water treatment plant.

During a meeting with Larry Cann, of Cann-Tech, the engineering firm designing the new water plant, Embry was informed that the funding for the project is expected to be with Rural Development within the month.

Also, Cann advised Embry that bids for the construction of the project will hopefully be awarded by December of this year with construction expected to begin in spring of 2018.

In other business:

*The Utilities Commission entered executive session to discuss litigation and a possible land acquisition.

Upon returning to regular session, Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford said Utilities Attorney David Vickery updated the commission on the now resolved litigation.

Additionally, Crawford said he had personally been approached regarding a parcel of land and whether Leitchfield Utilities would be interested in purchasing it.

However, during executive session, the Utilities Commission determined it does not have interest in purchasing the property at this time.

*The Utilities Commission voted to advertise for bids for a new track steer.

Embry said this purchase was budgeted for the current fiscal year to replace a more than 20-year-old skid steer that no longer functions properly.


By Matt Lasley


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