The firms building Leitchfield’s new raw-water intake project will get a little more time to complete the work.
The city’s Utilities Commission recently approved 30-day extensions for Clay Pipeline of Manchester and Cleary Construction of Tompkinsville to complete the roughly $5 million project.
Both firms must now wrap up their work by Sept. 8.
Leitchfield draws water from Rough River Lake for residential and commercial use. The new intake, in a spot closer to the dam, will replace the current one that goes from Peter Cave to Clifty Creek. The new spot will give the city a larger area to draw water from during winter pool, allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to drop the lake level. It also could allow the city to draw more water overall if needed for future growth.
A roughly nine-mile pipeline will be built to bring water from the new intake to the city’s treatment plant.
Clay Pipeline is building the $3.7 million pipeline, while Cleary is building the $1.076 million intake.
In other action the commission:
* Approved establishing an emergency connection between the Grayson County Water District and the new water intake, so either system could draw from the other in the event of a supply emergency.
* Approved replacing the outfall line at the water plant, using grant funding to cover the cost. Pharis said the line has needed to be replaced for several years, but the work had been put off. With crews already working in the water plant due to the new supply line project, it seemed like the opportune time to do the replacement, he said.
* Accepted a $37,761 bid from Dan Powers GM Center for a 2013 crew cab truck and chasis. Once the city has the diesel, four-wheel drive truck, it will be taken to Superior Truck Beds and Equipment in Utica for the installation of a cab over pipe rack system and bed, which will cost another $8,519.
* Established a shift differential of 20 cents per hour for second shift, and 40 cents per hour for third shift, employees at the water and waste water treatment plants.