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Council deals with water matters

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By Ben Sheroan

Hodgenville City Council discussed water in many forms Monday night.

Repairs on Salem Lake are complete and repairing the hole required less concrete than engineers anticipated, Mayor Terry Cruse said.

Less concrete equals less expense for the city, which was required to pay for 51 percent of the repair work which came to $16,131.91. Hodgenville worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a federal agency, to restore the lake which serves as a water reservoir and recreational facility.

Winter snows and spring showers will reveal the project’s success, Cruse said.

“It’s just a matter of adding water and see what it holds,” he said.

The city also announced that core drillings reviewed by GRW Engineers confirmed that a site on the fairgrounds property along Campbellsville Road will be suitable for a new water tower. Plans are to erect a 300,000-gallon tower at the old swimming pool location. A tentative price has been reached to purchase the land.

On second reading, the city passed an ordinance to prohibit new construction or building renovation on land designated as being in a flood plain. Special permits approved by the city and the Kentucky Division of Water will be required.

The taste of drinking water also was raised as council members Eudell Stearman, Otis Smith and Kenny Devore remarked on recent quality improvements during a utility discussion. The water plant has been able to reduce chemical treatment amounts thanks to cooler temperature and more water in the Nolin River which discourage algae growth.

The council even talked about water in the form of ice. Tom Rossi shared resident concerns about unknowing drivers headed downhill in winter conditions might not be able to maneuver around the square, which was renovated earlier this year. Cruse said city government would ask the Department of Highways to consider additional warning signs along Main Street, which is part of a state-maintained highway.

In another matter, the council granted an extension to Charles “Red” Hazle regarding his plans to level a concrete building at the corner of Water Street and North Walters Avenue. An order to raze the former mule barn under the city's dilapidated building ordinance initially was issued in 2003.

Citing health matters, safety concerns and approaching winter weather, Hazle asked for more time. At the council’s September meeting, Hazle said the walls would come down in the next few weeks. At its October meeting, he requested a 60-day extension but was granted 30 days.

The council agreed Monday to delay action until its February meeting.