By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
April 24, 2013 — Representatives from E.L. Robinson Engineering, Inc., and Olive Hill City Council have come to terms to perform necessary corrections to the backwash filtration system at the city water plant.
Under the agreement, the City of Olive Hill will absorb $15,000 of the construction costs and E.L. Robinson will assume the rest -- regardless of the total cost.
“We would be spending at least this much in legal fees if we decided to take this to Court,” said Council member Angie Johnson Fultz.
Originally, the firm made an offer that would have the city pay $30,000 but City Council made the $15,000 counteroffer and, after a short deliberation, the engineering firm agreed.
Corrections were found to be necessary when it became evident that the current system was leaking, and more importantly, was deemed by Council to be insufficient for the city’s filtration needs.
“A decant basin is what we wanted from the very beginning. Now we can finally get what we need,” said Council member Jerry Callihan.
A decant or settling basin is used to treat turbidity (cloudiness) in water.
The Council agreed by 3-2 vote to absorb the $15,000 with Glenn Meade and Enoch Hicks voting against, stating they felt the city shouldn’t have to pay anything because it wasn’t at fault.
The city will fund its portion of the agreement with contingency funds left over from the Blueberry Ridge water project.
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