Kuttawa sewer lift stations

Earlier this year, new lift stations to pump wastewater uphill to Kuttawa’s sewer treatment plant were installed off Lake Barkley Drive. This was part of an ongoing upgrade to the city’s sanitary sewer system.

Like Eddyville, Kuttawa City Council continues to meet virtually, conducting videoconferencing meetings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council met in special session last week, just as it has done since March to carry out city business. And atop the agenda was an idea to move regular meetings to a more convenient hour when in-person sessions resume.

First reading was given July 28 to an ordinance to move the meeting up an hour to 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The council currently meets on the second Monday of the month under normal circumstances, but the 7 p.m. start time is an hour later than other local government meeting in the evening.

Lyon County Board of Education and Eddyville City Council both meet at 6 p.m. on their respective regular meeting dates.

A final decision is expected at the next meeting of Kuttawa council members.

The council also approved a resolution to authorize a loan application for federal-state revolving loan funds to continue the city’s ongoing wastewater system upgrades. Currently, the city is in the fourth year of a five-year corrective action plan to upgrade the sanitary sewer system for residential, commercial and industrial users.

“Obviously, the is something that has to be done,” said Councilman Tom Simpson of giving the go-ahead to apply for funding.

Several years ago, the city was placed under an agreed order with the Kentucky Division of Water to fix the wastewater treatment system or face penalties. Part of the problem has been infiltration of groundwater into porous clay tiles that have deteriorated over the decades. Even bigger were two lift stations that would get swamped in times of flooding.

Some of that work continues, but the next phase of the overall project will include the sewer plant.