March 27, 2013 —
Tuesday night’s special meeting of the Olive Hill City Council featured tense questions surrounding water fund appropriations, and proposed overhauls to the city’s procedures and personnel duties.
Bryan Kirby of Community and Economic Development Associates, Inc. (CEDA) was present at the meeting to answer Council questions regarding why a water clarifier was not purchased with funds earmarked for that purpose.
A 2006 press release from the Department of Local Government states that the project funds were given to the Olive Hill Water District by then Gov. Ernie Fletcher to, “build an eight-mile interconnect with the Grayson Utility Commission, rehabilitate older lines east of Olive Hill, install radio-read meters, and build a new clarifier at the water treatment plant.”
Kirby is the project administrator for many of the city’s past and ongoing infrastructure development initiatives.
Though Kirby was able to provide information regarding expenditures from the $1.3 million in funds that confirm many of the intended projects had been completed, he could not give specific details on why a new clarifier was left out of the project plan.
“I can’t tell you that. I don’t know where you’re going to find that information. If you haven’t been able to find it in past meeting minutes, I can’t help you,” Kirby said.
Council member Glenn Meade sparred with Kirby, asserting that he and the Council intend to find those responsible for overlooking a piece of equipment that could leave the city without water if it fails.
“This Council has voted for an investigation as to why this clarifier wasn’t purchased, and we will pursue this to the fullest extent of our ability until we find answers,” said Meade.
The Council then looked at revised plans that will correct errors with the failed water filtration designed system by E.L. Robinson Engineering – the Ashland firm overseeing upgrades to the water treatment facility.