Harrodsburg seeks $1 million grant

September 25, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Harrodsburg City Commission is seeking the last $1 million needed to fund $5.5 million in water system improvements. That is Phase I of a two-phase project to enlarge and improve the city's water treatment and distribution.

The city already has raised $4.5 million from other sources, including a $1 million grant and a $2.5 million loan from the Rural Development Administration and a $1 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

Water treatment plant Supervisor Robert Norman said today that the project originally was going to cost about $4.5 million, but when the CDBG funds became available, the project was updated. Norman said the capacity of the water tower for the south end of the city was increased from 1 million gallons to 1.5 million gallons.

The funds will come from a Community Development Block grant. Part of applying for the grant is a required public hearing, which was held Tuesday evening at City Hall. Don Hassall of Bluegrass Area Development District conducted the hearing.


In Phase II, Harrodsburg, like many communities across the country, will have to bring its water treatment plant and distribution system up to new Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards. That project also will increase the plant's water pumping and treatment capacity from four million gallons a day to six million gallons a day.

In Phase I, improvements will be made both at the treatment plant and throughout the distribution system. The work will improve water pressure, especially in the south end of the city.

Some water mains will be enlarged, and where there are dead-end lines, water lines will be added to loop those dead ends to give the distribution system more options for providing water to an individual area in case of a water main break.

No one spoke in opposition to the project during the hearing. On the contrary, officials throughout the county spoke in support of the proposed project.

They included John Williams of the Mercer County Health Department, Mike Royalty of Lake Village Water Association, Terry Pitman of Burgin City Council, Norman, Mercer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Rogers, Harrodsburg First Executive Director Amy Sparrow and the mayor and commissioners.

The project is scheduled to begin during the current fiscal year and will take about a year to complete, City Administrative officer Ed Music said. Once Phase I is completed, the city can begin fund-raising for Phase II.

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