Commonwealth Journal

News Live

July 11, 2014

Burnside council eying another water hike

Burnside —

Would convincing Burnside water customers to accept another price increase so soon after the last one be little more than a pipe dream?
That’s the concern of Burnside City Councilors upon learning that getting the money necessary to repair the town’s water pipes could mean another rate hike.
Joe Grider of Frankfort-based HMB Professional Engineers stopped by Monday’s Burnside City Council meeting to update the council on the funding options for the potential project.
He noted that the older cast-iron pipes, typically six or four inches in diameter, develop deposits on the inside over time, restricting the flow of water.
He said that some pipes recently dug up by engineers have shown roughly two inches of space through which water can flow.
The streets on which these pipes would need to be replace include East Lakeshore Drive, Highland Drive, Childers Drive, Oak Street, Elm Street, and Walnut Street.
Grider said that the state agency known as the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority has issued a list of projects to potentially be funded.
Unfortunately for Burnside, there’s only enough money available to fund about 15 of those — and Burnside is about no. 19 on the list. However, Grider thinks it’s likely some of those ahead of Burnside turn down the money for their projects, and expects Burnside to get a letter in about a month or so inviting them to apply for the money.
It would be about three-quarters of a million dollars — but only about $250,000 of that is grant money, he said, meaning Burnside would need to apply for loan money of close to $500,000.
That would likely result in a water rate increase of about $3.75 per customer were Burnside to use that method to pay off the debt, said Grider.
That could be tricky, however, because of what the council did in April. That’s when the council passed Ordinance 610.2h, which changed the basic price of water to $15.48 for the first 1,000 gallons used is changed to a minimum bill of $18 for customers inside the Burnside city limits. Those using Burnside Waterworks outside the city limits will have a $21.77 minimum bill, instead of $19.25 for the first thousand gallons.

Text Only
News Live
  • eubank school1.jt.jpg New cafeteria coming soon to Eubank Elementary

    Students at one elementary school in northern Pulaski County will be taking their lunches in the classroom for a bit while construction to its cafeteria continues. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rift over firefighter pay finally history

    Somerset officials are closing the books on a years-long disagreement between the city and the state labor cabinet over overtime pay and other benefits for firefighters and EMS workers. 

    July 31, 2014

  • BURNSIDE LODGE-TURNER FOTO.jpg Turner to meet with commissioner on Burnside Island

    A state representative unhappy over secrecy surrounding possible privatization of General Burnside Island State Park said he will respond positively to an invitation to meet with Elaine Walker, commissioner of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Ca

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Derek Kissee.jpg Science Hill man charged in Rockcastle County beating

    A Science Hill man has been accused of beating and leaving another Pulaski County man for dead in an abandoned Rockcastle County rock qu

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kingsford Fire 07-29-2014 KS 09.jpg No injuries, minimal damage at Kingsford Plant

    A normal production day at the Kingsford Charcoal Plant in southern Pulaski County was halted for a few hours while firefighters worked to put out a small blaze at the plant. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 020313 SCC Rogers BLdg-0286.jpg SCC tabbed as one of top places to work

    A national publication dedicated to all things secondary education has named Somerset Community College one of the best in the nation to work for. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Warning: Robo phone scam targeting local residents

    Authorities are warning local residents of a possible phone scam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Baskin Robbins Reopens 07-29-2014 JT 17.jpg Baskin Robbins is back in Somerset

    Even with two Dairy Queens, a new Orange Leaf and an ice cream truck, Somerset residents have still been screaming for more ice cream.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK FOTO.JPG Heated sidewalks provide sparks for workers
    A heated sidewalk to melt snow and ice was “quite the thing” a half century ago in a small town like Somerset. This town’s first and only electrically warmed sidewalk was installed facing Fountain Square alongside First and Farmers National Bank when the bank’s downtown headquarters building was constructed in 1963-64.
    As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 021614 Citizens 11 Boyd randolph.jpg Somerset Schools will fight ruling

    The recent hearing regarding the conflict with county schools over non-resident students might not have gone Somerset’s way, but that doesn’t mean they’re done fighting.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide