Utilities talk budget, new hires


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



The Leitchfield Utilities Commission on Thursday, Feb. 4 discussed the findings of its second quarter budget report for the current fiscal year, as well as whether it should hire new employees.

Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford presented a summary of the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 second quarter budget report during Thursday’s Utilities Commission meeting.

Leitchfield Utilities consists of three systems: water, gas, and sewer, and their individual budget findings for the six-month period ending on Thursday, Dec. 31 are as follows:

The Leitchfield water system showed a net loss of $169,020.19.

The Leitchfield sewer system showed a net loss of $21,761.79.

And the Leitchfield gas system showed a profit of $27,644.85.

These combine for a six-month year-to-date total loss of $163,137.13.

Crawford said these figures include depreciation, which totaled $569,401.62, and, despite showing a loss, Leitchfield Utilities is still generating cash.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Utilities Commissioner Alden Alley suggested hiring two new employees to identify and repair leaks.

Alley noted that some employees will soon be retiring, and it would likely be beneficial to have new, knowledgeable, and skilled employees ready for when they do.

Crawford said that, while the utilities already investigate and repair any leaks they discover, he recommended that Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry do a cost benefit study to determine the benefit or lack thereof of new hires.

Crawford said Embry will report his findings to the Utilities Commission at a later date, and the Commission will make a decision on whether to hire new employees during its first meeting in March.

*Embry said the 2017 Kenworth T300 series dump truck the utilities purchased last month is expected to be delivered within six weeks.

The Utilities Commission also purchased a dump truck bed last month from Rogers Manufacturing Corporation, out of Nashville, but, Embry said, the bed isn’t expected to arrive until July.

Embry said the utilities are currently looking into other companies in the Louisville area to get a dump truck bed sooner than five months from now.

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By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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