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Woodland Hills, Paula Drive project near completion

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

October 17, 2013

Utility Manager Bill Bunch discussed current utility projects during the regular city council meeting on Monday. There are three projects that are nearing their end.


One of those projects is the Woodland Hills and Paula Drive project. Bunch said the Woodland Hills construction is complete and the tank has been removed. They are now working to remove the old pump station.


Bunch said it looks like they are going to be able to get an easement to extend the waterline from Woodland Hills to Paula Drive. If that happens, they will be able to connect Paula Drive to a new Woodland Hills tank. They would then be able to eliminate the pump station and tank at Paula Drive.


“Paula Drive’s pump station is very close to requiring a major rebuild, so this couldn’t come at a better time,” said Bunch.


Another project discussed was the Brownies Creek and Cubbage Hill project. The project, which is funded through the Bell County Fiscal Court via grant money, was performed to replace much of the high pressure areas.


Bunch said the project is “winding down” and will hopefully eliminate main breaks. He also said there are still main breaks occurring in the sections that are not being replaced.


“The good news is Albey (Brock) is very committed to finishing this up with a phase II.


A third project that was briefly discussed involved replacing the sewer lift station in front of Bell County High School. Bunch said he doesn’t expect construction on that project to begin until Christmas break.


Each of the aforementioned projects was performed using grant money provided by the state.


The utility commission is currently moving forward with replacing all the manually read meter readers with automated meter readers. Employees will be able to drive by and collect meter information using the automated readers.


“It will give us more accurate readings and cut down on the cost we’re spending on meter readings,” said Bunch. “We will also be able to, if a customer has a question, give them usage on 15-minute intervals.”


Bunch expects to have all the meters replaced by next spring.


Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, acloud@civitasmedia.com