Thursday, 05 29, 2014
PINEVILLE, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear has announced more than $2.2 million for a sewer replacement project in the city of Pineville in Bell County. The project will increase the city’s sewer system capacity and help decrease wastewater overflow into the Cumberland River.
“Effective, modern sewer systems are imperative to protecting both the safety of our citizens and our environment,” Gov. Beshear said. “This sewer replacement project will help prevent excess, unsafe water from spilling into the Cumberland River – providing a safeguard for the surrounding ecosystem and the citizens of Pineville.”
The $2.2 million replacement project will include the design and construction of two new sewage lift stations and 7,700 linear feet of force main, lateral sewers and separated sanitary and storm lines.
Funding for the project includes a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant, a $533,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan, and a $200,000 KIA planning and design loan. All funding is going to the city of Pineville and is being administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG).
Pineville owns and operates its own sewer system, which collects both domestic wastewater and storm water. During wet weather events and other high flow periods, the sewer collection system consistently exceeds capacity and results in the overflow of raw, diluted wastewater directly into the Cumberland River.
In 2007, the city entered into a consent judgment with the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (KEPPC) to reduce and eliminate the excess flow of wastewater to the Cumberland River by 2017. To date, the city has completed two of the three projects required to satisfy the terms detailed in the consent judgment. The funding announced today will go toward completing Phase I of the third project, known as the Virginia Avenue Utility Replacement.
"Our cities in eastern Kentucky know the struggle of access to clean water and proper sewer management,” said Sen. Brandon Smith. “These reliable funds will give Pineville the tools necessary to continue their great work. The Cumberland River is too precious an asset and the health of our citizens too vital to do anything but move forward on this project."
“This money will go a long way in helping Pineville continue to modernize its sewer system, so I’m certainly pleased to see this project move a step closer to completion,” said Rep. Rick Nelson. “I appreciate the close working relationship between our local officials and the state and was proud to vote for the budget that is helping to make this possible. I want to thank Governor Beshear for his work in helping to bring all of this together.”
"The city would not be able to complete this very important project without state financial assistance,” said Pineville Mayor Sherwin Rader. “We are most grateful for the support of the Governor and state staff in helping us to make these much needed improvements to our sewer system."
“The overflow of raw, diluted sewage unnecessarily exposes citizens to contaminated water and pollutes the surrounding environment,” said DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder. “The construction of new sewer lines and lift stations are essential to protecting the health of area residents and alleviating future environmental damage.”
The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.
Established in 1965, ARC partners with federal, state and local governments in an effort to support sustainable community and economic growth throughout Appalachia, by funding projects that range from education and job training; to housing and business expansion; to transportation and infrastructure development.
The KIA State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are low interest loan programs for drinking water, wastewater, storm water or nonpoint source projects. Cities work with their area water management councils and their area development districts to submit projects to KIA for consideration for SRF loans.
For a downloadable picture of the check presentation, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/govbeshear/14311241933/.