If you drive south on Highway 55 toward Columbia, you should look over to the right near the UPS and Clarcor facilities. You can see lots of progress on the construction of the new one million gallon water storage tank. There has been a vast amount of concrete and steel put into place already. The foundation is totally complete and the support structure is about fifty percent complete. It’s very exciting to see this project underway after many years in the planning stages and many applications for grants and loans.
It is anticipated that the tank will be complete and will be storing water by late this fall. Customers should then experience better water pressure and improved water quality. The new tank will also provide an additional 200,000 gallons of water storage for the community. The water tank on Summit Drive and the old tank at the Clarcor site will both be dismantled after this new tank is in service.
Another major project is scheduled to begin within the next couple of months. This is replacement of older waterlines on several streets. Bids for the project were opened on March 28th. An attempt is being made to do this construction during the months that school is not in session in order to avoid problems for school buses traveling on these streets.
This project is funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund through Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. The loan amount is $1,218,750.00 and a grant has been awarded in the amount of $656,250.00. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,875,000.00.
Portions of the following streets have the older waterlines and are scheduled to have those replaced: Broadway, Center Street, Chandler Avenue, Coakley Drive, Eads Street, Eggers Street, Finis Street, First Street, Poplar Street, Gowdy Street, Jan Street, Mayes Court, Meader Street, Oak Street, Parrott Street, Plainview Drive, Robinson Avenue, Skyline Drive, Longview Drive, South Court Street and White’s Court.
We know that replacing these lines will cause inconveniences, disruptions, and messes for the residents in these areas. We ask for your patience and understanding. There is no other way to get these lines replaced, but going through this process will improve your water quality and service. The nuisances will be kept to a minimum but cannot be avoided totally. The blacktop on the streets will be returned to the original condition and in many cases an improved condition.
Another project that is underway in the City is the remodeling of the old library building on the corner of Broadway and South Columbia Avenue. When the Taylor County Public Library moved to their new location, this historical building became available for other uses. There is a desire to provide a more easily accessible location for the City Council meetings and the old library building can take care of this. Also, the Economic Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce, Greater Campbellsville United, Campbellsville Renaissance, and Community Ventures Corporation can have office space there.