Lincoln County hopes to improve sewer, run-off problems

February 11, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Lincoln Countians might find good reason to sing in the rain.

A feasibility study will determine if an extended pipe system in the county could be used to handle waste water, including sewage and run-off.

Lincoln Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to accept a $20,000 state grant to help cover the costs of the study.

The research is being conducted by a Frankfort engineering firm and includes the whole county, but its focus is on the Hustonville, Moreland area.

The study was started several months ago and is scheduled for completion in the summer, said Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert.

"We're doing a feasibility study for the whole county to see how we can run sewer lines, and where we can run them," said Gilbert.


The system could include a sewer lift station to pump waste to the Stanford and Crab Orchard facilities.

The county has been spared from major flooding by efforts from the road department, said Gilbert.

"We're very lucky we haven't had problems with flooding, because we prepared with new bridges and tile."

"That (tiling) is an everyday thing," said county road supervisor Wayne Yocum.

What is a minor problem now, though, could become a larger issue with every new development, said Gilbert.

With every new road and house, there is less ground space to catch and absorb run-off water.

Improvements already are needed in western Lincoln County, said Gilbert. "They need it terribly bad over there."

Magistrate Terry Wilcher said he supports any project to help his constituents.

The study and possible future project also have gained the support of local leaders, said Gilbert.

"This is the first time in this county the three mayors have come here together to unite in the effort to plan for the future."

Currently, Gilbert estimated the city of Crab Orchard's waste water facility to be operating on 40-50 percent of its capacity, whereas the city of Stanford needs a small upgrade to better serve customers.

The money for the feasibility study will not cover the total cost, but the Fiscal Court hopes to receive additional funding through grants. It will be time and money well spent, agreed magistrates.

"Anytime you add sewer to the county and give people sewer lines, it's always a good thing," said Magistrate Mark Denham.

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