The Leitchfield Utilities Commission, last Thursday, Dec. 17, approved rebuilding a pump at the city water treatment plant, as well as Leitchfield Utilities’ insurance carrier.
Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry said, during the Utilities Commission’s regular meeting, that a 150 horsepower pump, estimated to be about 24 inches around, is in need of repair.
Embry then presented quotes for rebuilding the pump and purchasing a new one.
To remove and rebuild the pump would cost $5,560, and to purchase a new pump would cost $7,200, excluding the cost of installation, which would likely bring the total up to $10,000, according to Embry.
Water Treatment Plant Manager Darren Dennison recommended the Utilities Commission approve removing and rebuilding the pump rather than purchasing a new one, according to Embry.
The Utilities Commission authorized removing and rebuilding the faulty pump based on Dennison’s recommendation.
Additionally, the Utilities Commission approved the insurance proposal from Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) through Kinkade-Cornell Insurance Agency.
Leitchfield Utilities Attorney David Vickery recommended the KLC insurance because it includes a number of crucial items that the competing proposal does not: a gas pollution endorsement and police discrimination coverage.
Vickery also recommended KLC because it was recommended by Tommy Adams, a consultant with Charles M. Moore Insurance, whom the City of Leitchfield and Leitchfield Utilities hired to review their insurance proposals.
Based on the recommendations of Adams, Vickery, and Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford, the Utilities Commission passed a motion to accept the KLC bid and concur with the City of Leitchfield, which had already accepted the KLC’s proposal.
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