TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 9, 2013

Mercury removal on project almost done


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

Much of the work on a project involving mercury removal at the Corbin Utilities Commission’s wastewater treatment plant has been finished.

CUC Board members learned about the removal and other updates Tuesday afternoon during their first regular meeting of the new year.

General Manager Ron Herd reported the only work that remains on the old trickling filter mercury removal project is the disposal of a couple of drums of hazardous waste. He added the total cost of the project would be around $260,896.91, with the money coming from CUC funds.

A total of $231,897.18 has been paid so far on the project — $145,105.61 to the contractor for the mercury abatement, and $86,791.57 to the consultant, which includes the initial site assessment and closure plan.

On the wastewater treatment plant’s flow upgrade project, Herd said the photogrammetric services have been completed, with the engineering firm of GRW, Inc. working on the engineering reports for the upgrade.

Meanwhile, CUC will schedule a bid opening for the KY1232 sewer extension project in Knox County to start this spring, after the utility receives the bids and awards the low bid. The project’s cost is $1.29 million with money coming from state and federal grants. Two easements remain to be signed on the project.