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March 13, 2014

CCU employees get annual pay raise

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Corbin City Utilities employees will be getting an increase in pay thanks to action taken Tuesday by their employer — the Corbin City Utilities Commission.

The employees’ annual pay increase, which is 1.5 percent, was set according to the Consumer Price Index, or CPI, for 2013.

The raise was unanimously approved by the CUC’s board during their regular meeting at the city-owned utility’s headquarters on Cumberland Falls Highway.

Also approved at the session was the disposition of new pre-treatment limits for the City of Corbin’s sewer use ordinance. General Manager Ron Herd noted the only change in the ordinance was the nickel pre-treatment limit, which was raised to 1.5 milligrams per liter.

Board members also agreed to advertise for bids on the purchase of an 81-foot aerial bucket truck, which would be used to fix downed transmission lines, set new utility poles and do other related work on CCU’s transmission lines.

Herd said using the aerial bucket truck would let the utility do their own work, instead of hiring an independent contractor.

In his General Manager’s Report, Herd mentioned a meeting with personnel from GRW Engineers would be scheduled to determine how many flow meters would be needed to analyze the wet weather flow to be used in the design for the sanitary sewer main upgrade along Master Street.

In a related matter, CUC has applied for a loan from the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund, through both the Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). The loan would be used for the utility’s wastewater treatment plant flow upgrade project, with the preliminary cost estimate at $9,704,000.

On the Ky. 1232 sewer extension project in Knox County, Herd said the project’s contractor submitted Pay Request No. 4, with the total work completed and stored materials to date listed at $803,499.32. Through the request and of that amount, $763,324.35 has been paid to date to the contractor, with $40,174.97 being held in retainage. It was mentioned the current contract amount is $937,945, not including the additive alternate work that needs to be done. To date, the engineering consultant has invoiced for $110,776.89 in design and administration fees, and $43,336.93 in inspection fees.

A total of $1,297,119 in state and federal grants has been earmarked for the Ky. 1232 Sewer Extension.

Herd also said the contractor has almost completed the water line extensions on the Kentucky Department of Highways’ bridge replacement projects, involving both Ky. 6 and Ky. 3437.

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