The Princeton Water and Wastewater Commission met for their monthly meeting Thursday to hear a presentation from HMB Professional Engineers Inc., hear the superintendent report, and discuss other business.
Chris Stewart and Sean Miller, from HMB Professional Engineers Inc., gave a presentation about the contract language for engineering services; there are no current projects ordered.
HMB is based in Frankfort. The company has been in business since 1963, and it specializes in civil engineering and public infrastructure projects.
While there, HMB provided a federal funds update.
The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority is responsible for awarding $250 million in public infrastructure grants, which includes water infrastructure.
Established within the American Rescue Plans Act, the money is available in grants, not loans. To that end, water project profiles will be the determining factor in a competitive market.
“It’s going to be competitive because there is probably going to be more demand for money than there is money to go around, so there is going to be an application process,” Stewart said.
Princeton Water and Wastewater Superintendent James Noel gave several reports and updates.
In the ADS Wastewater Flow Study report, Noel said, “There is still an issue in the two basins we addressed in 2009.”
Noel reported a nickel contamination was detected in the sludge near an industrial park lift station; samples are being collected to confirm the origin of the contamination.
The Main Street water rehabilitation project is now complete; two fire hydrants were replaced.
Noel informed the commission that a citywide fire hydrant flushing is scheduled for next week.
Noel announced a Princeton Water and Wastewater award from the Environmental Protection Agency Division of Water for meeting and exceeding quality standards.
In other business:
• April 29 meeting minutes were approved as presented.
• The financial statement was approved as presented.
• Payment of bills was approved as presented.
• The Rate/COS Study is anticipated to start next week.
• Chemical bids were awarded.
• The commission approved the purchase of a backhoe rock hammer.
• The Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget will be presented at the next meeting in June.
• The commission entered into executive session; no action was taken.
• After the executive session, a new employee leave sharing policy was adopted.
• A Rate/COS, cost of services, study is being conducted by HDR Engineering, to review commission operating and financial practices for grant application purposes.
The commission consists of five board members who meet at 4 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Princeton Water and Wastewater building on Market Street.