A dispute over who should fund the utility lines may possibly bring construction of the Kelly Campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to a standstill.
With construction of the college right on schedule, the installation of the utility lines is very important to moving forward with the project, said Project Superintendent, Kenny Sutton. We will keep building but without the sewer and water lines it will be difficult to finish the project and get it inspected.
In the regular scheduled Utilities meeting last Thursday night, January 17, Leitchifeld Mayor William H. Thomason requested the utilities commission go ahead with funding the project and begin working on the utility line.
The commission decided to wait to make any action until they receive the word on a grant from the state to help fund the line.
The $29,000 price tag is the cost of materials for the first phase of the utility project. The line will eventually run to the new swimming pool the city has recently approved and final cost is estimated to be around $490,000.
Leitchifeld Utilities Commissioner Kevin Pharis said, “Our current budget does not cover this project because we were unaware we would be doing this. Once the funding is found for this project we are ready to begin the installation.”
Construction of the $1.7 million campus began last August and is expected to host a ribbon cutting and open house in early May.
“We are right on schedule for the ribbon cutting to take place in early May and classes to begin in August 2013, said Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center C.E.O. Steve Meredith. “Everything is right on schedule and there have been few delays or set backs in construction.”
One million dollars of the funds used to build the campus was donated by the hospital from funds left to the hospital by Walter T. Kelley.
Kelley, the former owner of Clarkson’s Walter T. Kelley Company, a beekeeping supply outfitter, left his estate to TLRMC after his death in 1986. The funds were to be held for 20 years, and became available to the hospital in 2006.
With the majority of the money to build the campus coming from the hospital, Meredith has kept a close eye on the construction.