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Lift station project tabled by Hawesville Council

Hawesville City Council tabled awarding a bid for needed repairs to two lift stations in the city’s wastewater treatment system after one bidder – NAC Heavy Highway – made significant totaling errors for the final bid, and another from Bobby Luttrell and Son came in well over the budget for the project.

Mayor Charlie King said Luttrell and Son has done “excellent work” for the city and county in the past, concluding, “I don’t like that bid, but I like them. They are very professional.”

A representative of Bluegrass Engineering said by removing one of the two targeted lift stations located at Kentucky Highway 2181 and Hartford Road from the project, the cost would drop to about $160,000, more in line with the budgeted amount for repairs.

King said he believed the lift station at 2181 was in more immediate need of attention, as it has a hole in one of the lines connected. The station at Hartford Road currently has a rusted cover and rails, and will require new pumps after replacement of the rails.

Council tabled the matter until more expert opinion can be obtained on which station should be repaired first. The city will have 90 days to accept or reject the Luttrell and Son bid, as the NAC bid was withdrawn due to accounting errors.

In other business, City Council:

  • Heard from Fire Chief Shane Richards repairs from damage caused in an October crash into the fire house are still on the road to completion. Supply chain issues will delay delivery of two replacement bay doors, though walls of the building have been shored up prior to repair of the block structure. Richards said the addition of replacement of a third bay door is estimated at $6,900.

As well, the department is awaiting a final settlement on the destroyed brush truck, which was covered at the state minimum of $25,000. There was also $3,500 in damage to a Kubota UTV, which is still awaiting repairs. Brush equipment has been partially replaced with assistance of a Forestry Department grant.

The department made 27 runs in February, and have made 57 total runs in 2022. A recent ISO audit makes it likely insurance ratings of 4 inside the city, and seven outside the city will remain unchanged.

The Kentucky Fire Commission also recently completed an audit of training records, grant compliance and equipment certifications, with positive results.

By C. Josh Givens

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