LaFollette Utilities Board is sponsoring the Veteran’s Breakfast this Saturday

TOP PHOTO: LUB board members, left to right, Joe Snodderly, John Snodderly and Boyd Henegar were among the attendees at Monday’s LUB workshop and meeting.

By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The LaFollette Utility Board held its monthly workshop and meeting on Monday evening with discussion of a water transmission main improvements project on state route 63 topping the agenda. 

The utility board discussed and voted in approval of an engineering proposal from Cannon & Cannon Engineering regarding the ARPA funded-SR-63 water transmission main improvements project. 

According to LUB General Manager Kenny Baird, the utility has three water projects going on right now.

One is the County water line extension project. The next phase is bidding for construction on that project. 

“The second one is the city 12 inch water line project, it’s in the planning and engineering phase and will be paid for using the State revolving fund,” Baird said.

The third water improvement project involves taking a 12 inch water main and running it approximately 3.5 miles from East Elm Street up the valley to Glade Springs.

According to Baird, this will improve pressure in that area, especially further up in the Victory area.

According to Baird, the City of LaFollette has $5 million of American Rescue Plan Act money that it is using to do storm water remediation and water system improvements.

“The City is using about $2 million for stormwater improvements, but the other part they are going to allow us to use; it’s about $3 million to use for water system improvements. We will have to come up with around $278,000 to participate,” Baird said.

“This will take a 12 inch water main from East Elm Street to right where it cuts off at Glade Spings Road. That project, once completed will give us better pressure up the valley. That will be a great project for us and will greatly enhance water pressure and volume in the eastern part of our service area,” Baird said.

The grant funding will require a ten percent match from the utility, which is approximately $278,000.

The total amount for the engineering of this project is $432,000. 

According to Baird, the funds allocated for this project “may not be enough to get to Glade Springs, depending on the cost of labor and materials when the project is bid, but we can take it as far as the funding will allow,” Baird said.

He recommended the board approve this engineering contract and said the funding required for the utility’s matching portion “will be spread out over time.”

In other business, Baird reported to the board that LaFollette Utilities will be sponsoring the Veteran’s Breakfast this Saturday. 

“I will emcee that at 8 am at Jacksboro First Baptist church,” Baird said. 

LaFollette Utilities will also be participating in the Christmas Parade this year. 

For information purposes, Baird reported to members that the City of LaFollette has applied for a $500,000 infrastructure planning grant.

“We would have a matching grant of $26,250 spread out over a year and a half.

We would use these funds to do the assessment management plan that the state says is required on the substations, pumps, etc. It is supposed to help with master planning for the water system and sewer system. This is a state grant that would be about five percent matching for us,” Baird said.

He also announced that due to the Christmas holiday, the next LUB meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 28th. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/28/2023-6AM)