Electric plant board receives funding

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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VANCEBURG — Funding was secured for Vanceburg’s Electric Plant Board during city council meeting on Friday.

Vanceburg City Council held a special meeting to discuss a resolution to secure funds for the EPB. According to Council Member Chris McGlone, the funding will be used to install a new wastewater treatment plant unit in the Black Oak area.

“There’s four units of wastewater treatment plants up there for years that are beyond their lifespan, like 10 years past what they’re expected,” McGlone said. “They’re wanting to combine them into one unit instead of three or four.”

Mayor Matt Ginn said the reason for the special meeting was to ensure the EPB was approved for all of the funding it applied for through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

“We’ve had this one approved for a while,” Ginn said, “but this was only a partial part of the funding we had, so we kind of sat back and waited to make sure we got the other one before we dropped the ball and signed this one.”

Ginn said everything regarding the funding was in order last week; however a resolution to secure the funds for use on the new wastewater plant unit needed to be approved by Monday. The council subsequently approved the resolution during the meeting.

EPB Superintendent Bill Tom Stone said the expected cost of the project will range around $3 million.

In other business:

— The council approved the reappointment of Jack Prater to the EPB. Another reappointment approved by the council was Bill Tom Stone to the Lewis County Industrial Authority.

— A second reading of the city’s budget for the new fiscal year was approved by the council. According to Ginn, no changes were made to the budget.

As the budget stands, $1.3 million is set for the general fund, $500,000 for the hydro fund, $169,000 for the sanitation fund.

Of the general fund, around $410,000 will be spent on the general government, $444,000 for police, $24,000 for fire, $116,000 for streets, $252,000 for community development and $51,000 for contingency.

Due to the time of the city council’s special meeting, its regular meeting set for Aug. 6 was cancelled.

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Jonathan Wright

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