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Kenton’s water department in need of costly inspections, new equipment

Kenton’s water department in need of costly inspections, new equipment
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Kenton Public Works director Nathan Spencer is trying hard to get the city’s water department in good working order. His efforts are coming at a price for city officials, though.
Spencer met with the Kenton mayor and board of aldermen Tuesday night and outlined some of the major work that needs to be done at the city’s two water towers, to filters at the water plant, to one of the city’s two water wells, and to aerators and a baffle curtain at the water department.
He estimated it will cost $6,000 to have the city’s two water towers inspected. Spencer said the inspections are required by the state every five years.
Replacing aerators at the water plant will cost an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 per unit. Spencer said of the six aerators at the plant, two units are going down and a third unit is in bad shape. A new baffle curtain for the water plant will cost an estimated $28,000, according to Spencer.
Spencer was joined at Tuesday night’s meeting by Randy Gregory with the Dyer Water Department. Together, they presented board members with detailed reports outlining the status of the water department’s equipment.
The board decided to have Campbell Well Drilling inspect the city’s south well and work with Spencer on the necessary repairs to that well.
Spencer has been serving as the city’s public works director for about a year. He has already passed his second state test toward become certified and has obviously been busy getting the city’s public works department in good working order.
The cost estimates involved in getting the city’s water department in good working order are coming in as the board is beginning work on a 2013-14 city budget.
A called board meeting is expected to be scheduled within the next few weeks to begin work on a new city budget.
Also during Tuesday night’s 40-minute session, the board:
• Recognized city recorder Shayna Jackson for having passed four of the 12 tests required for her state CMFO certification.
• Was informed construction work on the new Gray Clinic is scheduled to begin early next week. The clinic site has already been laid out.
• Was informed the city’s mosquito sprayer is now operational and in use.
“The mosquito sprayer is here,” Mayor Virginia Davidson proudly announced.
Originally, the sprayer was scheduled to be put into use later this week, but Kenton Fire Chief Ed Sims reported the sprayer unit is already being used in town.
• Was informed by the mayor that a bill for work on a grant, submitted by Younger & Associates, has been settled for $3,500.
• Discussed the rundown condition of the landscaping around the city’s welcome signs. Board member Wade Simpson agreed to check into the flower beds and will contact Ricky Butler, who has volunteered in the past to work on the flower beds, to see if he is interested in volunteering again to work on the landscaping.
• Was told by board member Angie Taylor, who also serves as Kenton’s police commissioner, that renovation work at the Kenton Police Department “is almost complete. So we’re pretty excited about that.”
She said Mark Baucum has been working on the renovation of the police department.
Ms. Taylor also reported to the board that officers issued 17 citations and responded to 21 calls for service last month.
Tuesday night’s meeting was opened in prayer by Dennis Cleek with the Kenton Church of God.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 6.6.13

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