Wastewater Treatment Plans Further Discussed Wednesday Night

Published 11:00 am Friday, June 24, 2022

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A proposed water treatment plant for rural Clark County was further discussed this week.

The Clark County Sanitary Sewer Board met Wednesday night to continue its work on the matter.

Krista Citron and Kathryn Nash – President of Kentucky American Water (KAW) – spoke with the board regarding the potential expansion of a Rockwell Village package plant. The mobile home park is located just to the north of I-64 in the northwestern portion of the county.

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Three options were offered  by KAW.

The first includes incorporating Rockwell Village with Yorketowne Estates, a nearby mobile home park located on Mount Vernon Dr. That option’s cost is estimated at $2.7 million, with $1.3 million being paid for by KAW.

A second option includes both Rockwell Village with Yorketowne Estates and a plant that would service 80,000 gallons per day with room for development expansion. The third option would add the Verna Hills subdivision.

Options two and three differ by a cost of over $340,000, with the exact amount currently unknown.

At the present moment, $9 million currently looks like the price tag for the project in its entirety and a finalized plan has yet to be finalized.

A motion to approve $2.5 million in funds to start the design portion of the project was approved and will be submitted with a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fund application.

The CDBG grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and focuses on providing funds that improve the quality of life in communities across the country.

District 5 Magistrate Davis has long been a proponent of the project and spoke about it with the Sun in a recent interview.

“Our estimated costs for just installing the sewer main along Rockwell Road in addition to a pump at Yorketowne would be $2.5 million,” Davis said. “We’ve got to negotiate hopefully some kind of arrangement with Kentucky American [Water] and that’s what we’re moving towards.

A current plant being retired to the west of Yorketowne Estates has preceded this issue and in the process has made finding a solution such a necessary step.

“It’s [in] such a dilapidated condition,” Davis said about the soon to be retired plant.