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LCUB approves new wastewater rate

Lenoir City Utilities Board approved a new wastewater rate for its industrial customers at its meeting Monday, March 15.

“We need to get a handle on our industrial rates,” LCUB general manager Shannon Littleton said.

The new wastewater rate would be $5.70 per 1,000 gallons.

“We want to avoid undue pressure on residential and commercial customers,” Littleton said.

Mayor Matt Brookshire agreed, saying “And this will give some relief to those industrial customers.

“This will be more manageable for everybody,” Littleton said.

Brookshire said, “This change comes after a great deal of work.”

Vice Mayor Eddie Simpson moved to accept the proposal; Councilman Douglas “Buddy” Hines seconded.

The motion was unanimously approved, contingent upon state approval.

In conjunction with the new industrial rate, LCUB also approved a wastewater discharge contract with Wampler’s and Family Brands, also contingent upon state approval.

Although Littleton presented a proposed contract, he said that as discussions had continued, he had discovered some necessary changes.

The Board authorized Littleton to negotiate with the two companies.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved tree-trimming contracts to Galloway Construc-tion LLC, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. Inc, Lancaster Tree and Lawn Service and ABC Professional Tree Service to trim trees along various feeder lines, for a total of $545,392.20

• Approved the TVA Generation Partners Pilot agreement, effective Aug. 4

• Approved Yates Construction, as lowest and best bidder at $46,872, for the Solway Substation transformer pads construction

• Authorized the electric department to purchase Tantalus modules and other equipment for new meters

• Authorized the sewer department to seek bids for the video taping and cleaning sewer project

• Awarded landscape maintenance and mowing contracts to Lasting Impression Lawn Care and Thomas Complete Lawn Care, as lowest and best bidders.


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