The City of Caneyville will likely see an increase in its water rates after setting its contract with the Grayson County Water District this year.
During the regular Monday, July 11 Caneyville City Commission meeting, Kevin Shaw, with the Grayson County Water District, presented a proposal for determining the cost of Caneyville’s receiving water from the water district moving forward.
Caneyville has received water from the Grayson County Water District for several years; however, a wholesale contract and rate has not been set, Shaw said.
Due to increasing regulations and power needed to pump water, the Grayson County Water District—whose plant has the capacity to pump 2,300,000 gallons per day—has been forced to raise its rate for providing water to its customers.
The number of gallons of water that the City of Caneyville requests per day from the Grayson County Water District will determine its rate, and the lower the number of gallons, the lower the rate will be, according to Shaw.
The proposed rate would be composed of the Grayson County Water District’s expense to pump the water; the general distribution expense; maintenance; supply and pumping; general and administrative costs; Water Treatment Plant debt repayment; DBP work debt repayment; and depreciation.
These items, factored in with the percentage of the Grayson County Water District’s water allocated for Caneyville, as well as cost per gallon produced, and the total gallons purchased by Caneyville during an audit year would determine the city’s rate, per the proposal.
The city’s contract with the Grayson County Water District will last several years; however, due to fluctuating costs, the water rates would be reviewed annually.
No action was taken during the meeting on Monday as to whether the Caneyville will accept the contract as is; however, a deal with the Grayson County Water District will need to be finalized by the end of this year.
City officials will next review the contract thoroughly to attempt to maintain as low of a water rate as possible, but residents should still expect to see an increase in their water rates sometime in the next several months.
“We will try to do everything possible to keep it as low as we can and still be able to operate,” said Caneyville City Clerk Connie Gootee of the water rate increase.
The current minimum water rate for in-town Caneyville residents is $15.44 for 0-1,500 gallons. The current minimum water rate for out-of-town Caneyville residents is $19.31 for 0-1,500 gallons of water.
In other business:
*The City Commission approved a 2015-2016 fiscal year audit proposal from Dan Drane at a rate of $2,925.
*City Commissioner Mike Geary announced that an outdoors bluegrass show will be held on Saturday, July 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center.
The show is expected to last a couple of hours and will feature a number of bluegrass bands, such as Sassybrown.
*Friends of Caneyville High School member Marilyn Templeman said the inaugural Caneyville Day, held Saturday, June 25, was “very productive” and resulted in a $2,500 donation toward the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center’s restoration.
In total, $7,376.40 were raised from Caneyville Day for the restoration project at the old school.
*Geary said he has been in discussions with a group about the possibility of offering a home-school co-op at the Purple Flash Community Center.
The group has requested to tour the facility to possibly hold classes every other Friday for 12 weeks in the spring and fall.
The group would have a group of more than 60 children and would pay around $200 per day for use of the community center should a deal be worked out, Geary said.
*Caneyville Mayor James Embry said the air conditioner in the Purple Flash Community Center’s gym has been repaired.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.