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Council approves water line project

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Lines installed from 1930s to 1950s will be replaced.

By James Roberts

Campbellsville water customers will soon notice improved water quality and pressure.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, Campbellsville City Council members approved a resolution that would begin a $1.8 million water line improvement project.

David Bowles of Monarch Engineering told Council members that the city was among 25 out of 203 applicants approved by the state for water projects.

The approval offers the city a $656,000 grant and a 20-year $1.2 million loan at 1 percent interest.

Bowles said the funds will be used to replace water lines throughout the city that were installed between the 1930s and 1950s.

"This will improve water quality, water pressure and maintenance on these lines," Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said.

Bowles said that once financing is in place later this year, it would take about a year to complete the project.

Council members unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Young to proceed with the project. Councilman Stan McKinney was out of town and unable to attend the meeting.

Last month, the Council approved a resolution allowing Young to re-apply for a $1 million community development block grant. That money would be used to build a new 1-million-gallon water tank to replace towers at Wilson Heights and near Clarcor. The new tank would be built near the site at Clarcor. The two current tanks have a combined capacity of just more than 610,500 gallons.

Young said he expects to learn in the fall if the city's application is accepted.

Additional funding for the $2.3 million project includes a $250,000 Kentucky General Assembly grant and a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

Also on the agenda:

  • The Council voted to keep tax rates the same as last year's. Property tax rates will remain at 19.1 cents per $100 assessed value. The rate will bring in $798,687 in revenue, an increase of about $8,000. Personal property tax rates remain at 18.1 cents per $100 assessed value. The rate will bring in $92,522, an increase of about $2,000. The motor vehicle and water craft tax rate will remain 19.3 cents per $100. A special meeting was set for today at 5:30 in the City Council room above the Campbellsville Police Department for second reading of the tax rates.
  • Following an hour-long closed session, Council members approved Councilman David Nunery's motion to "ask the city attorney to send a letter to an aggrieved employee." Nunery and City Attorney John Miller declined to elaborate on the action, saying only that it is a personnel matter.
  • The Council approved the sale of an acre of land to the county for the Taylor County Animal Shelter expansion project. Young said the $12,000 will be used to renovate the city's recycling center at Miller Park. Magistrates approved the purchase at last month's Fiscal Court meeting.
  • The Council approved borrowing money from Citizens Bank and Trust Co. for the purchase of property. Because the contract still has not been finalized, Miller said, the details can't be revealed.
  • A portion of Baptist Street was renamed George Williams Street in honor of the former police officer and jailer. There are actually two portions of Baptist Street, Young said, which are not connected. The lower portion of the street, off Durham Street, will be renamed to avoid confusion.
  • Financial reports are incomplete, Young said, as the city is in the process of switching software. The city's total revenue for July was $599,989, while total expenses were $659,775. Campbellsville Water Co. Revenue was $426,795, while total expenses were $396,604.
  • The Council agreed to trade a small parcel of property to the estate of former mayor Robert L. Miller for another parcel. Both pieces of land are located by City Lake.
  • Maurice Pickett was reappointed to a four-year term on the Planning and Zoning Board. Debbie Carter, Gwynette Sullivan and Linda Hayes were reappointed to three-year terms on the Historic Preservation Commission. Barry Bertram was reappointed to a three-year term on the Property Maintenance Board.