Utility Commission Meet on Thursday

(By Melodie Phelps)

About 1,150 new water meters have been set at residences inside the city limits and the work is expected to continue for the next several months, according to information shared during the MUC meeting held Thursday.

MUC  Manager Scott Upchurch said that meters were set at 200 residences in July, and so far the new automatic meters have resulted in tremendous savings in manpower and in time reading them.

A meeting was held Thursday afternoon with officials from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, as all the paperwork for the project, was finalized. The MUC received grant money to help with the purchase of the new meters in the city. The meeting marked the end of that project since the grant money has been spent and all the meters have been bought and delivered to the commission.

Upchurch also informed commissioners about a sewer repair project in the area of Hardwood Drive. He said that the Bean Street lift station needs some repairs and that a crew from Service Specialties will be working on the project over several days.

A portion of Hardwood Drive, near the cable company office, will be closed to through traffic while work is being done. Upchurch expects that the repairs will be completed by next Tuesday or  Wednesday.

Also during the meeting, the commission agreed that Upchurch should represent the MUC at the annual Kentucky Rural Water Association conference which will be held in Louisville.