|LCUB discusses FUD
A sewer line extension to Hickory Creek
Commercial Park topped the Lenoir City Utility Board agenda Monday, Jan.
The extension would tie into the First
Utility District sewer line off Watt Road. The wastewater would be
treated by FUD, but the line would remain in LCUB’s service territory.
“It’s not uncommon for utilities to be in these types of arrangements .
. . we buy water from FUD and other utilities buy water from us, and the
same with sewage. It’s a common practice; this is a good example [of
it],” Shannon Littleton, LCUB assistant general manager, said.
Homeowners off Watt Road already are against the possible line; they
fear that their property will be damaged by the sewer line installation.
By Tennessee Department of Energy and Conservation regulations, there
must be 10 feet separating the already existing water line and the
proposed sewer line. Littleton said he believes this area would be
within the right of way, but homeowners don’t want such a large
Littleton said Doug Irwin, developer of the business park at Hickory
Creek, has offered to pay for the main sewer line to be installed but is
unable to find a price to which homeowners of Watt Road agree. Irwin
requested LCUB and Lenoir City use its imminent domain authority to
require a necessary sewer easement along Watt Road.
At the meeting, Greg Jones, manager of water and wastewater, stated the
only current advantage would be gaining customers, but in a telephone
interview with farragutpress, Littleton said that besides Irwin’s plea
for a sewer line, a county employee also had notified Jones that septic
tanks were failing across the street from the commercial park. Together,
these reasons encouraged Jones and Littleton to pursue the sewer line
Under a verbal agreement between Jones and First Utility District’s
general manager Wayne Watson, FUD will treat the wastewater from the
potential line for a fee from LCUB. “I don’t want to say it’s temporary,
but it was just a solution that was agreed upon approximately a year
ago,” Jones said.
LCUB cannot now treat the wastewater from this potential line because
the biochemical oxygen demand is at capacity at its plant. “L-CUB went
out for a $13.5 million state revolving fund loan through T-DEC to build
a new waste water plant to treat this issue,” Littleton said.
Once the problem is corrected, LCUB could take over treatment of this
area’s wastewater, but the extension line that has been discussed would
not do the job. Later, LCUB would have to install separate gravity feeds
to connect to its own wastewater treatment facilities.
As a whole, the Board wants imminent domain to be enforced only as a
last resort. In fact, one board member expressed doubt as to advantages
of a sewer line extension. Lenoir City mayor Matt Brookshire said, “I
don’t see how it is a benefit to LCUB at this point.”
The Board decided that, for the time being, they would leave the
discussion between Irwin and the homeowners along Watt Road. They also
hoped to meet with the homeowners to address their concerns. Joel
Garber, Farragut resident and member of the Board, said, “This should be
a win-win situation for everyone.”
LCUB also approved a motion to award bids to several contractors for
tree trimming and right-of-way clearing to be completed by March 2009.
The contractors were Seelbach and Co, Inc., who will handle Cedar Bluff
234, Ebenezer 214 and Farragut 214; Phillips and Jordan, Inc., who will
handle Eaton 214; Galloway Construction, LLC, who will handle Lovell
294, McFee 234 and Farragut 244; Wolf Tree Experts, who will handle
Solway 254, McFee 214, Karns 224 and Lenoir City 244; and Asplundh Tree
Expert, Inc., who will handle Lovell 304 and Karns 214.
“We have seen a lot of our outages decrease by the trimming policy [and]
we’re not having near the controversy from the customers now that we’re
doing it and staying right with the program,” Councilman Eddie Simp-son
This project will cost $339,826.63. According to Littleton, this is the
first time the whole circuit has been trimmed in a cycle.
• Authorized the sewer department to receive bids for a TDEC-required
videotaping and sewer-cleaning project.
• Approved Mayse Construc-tion Company for the Town Creek Interceptor
project. Mayse Construction was the lowest bidder for the project,
• Awarded bid to Substation Enterprises for the Westland Drive Steel
Package for a new electrical substation on Westland Drive for $164,131.
• Appointed Pat Beasley as Board secretary.