Lebanon Junction looks at water pressure issues

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By Mary Barczak

 LEBANON JUNCTION -- The water pressure problem continues in Lebanon Junction. 

At the July council meeting, discussion continued about problems with some residents’ water pressure since the city changed over to Louisville Water at the beginning of the year.

A representative from Kentucky Engineering PLLC told the council they plan to present a draft of solutions at the next meeting.

Council member Tim Sanders asked why they would be having problems with the water pressure when all that happened was change of supplier.

Public Works Director Chaz Sullivan said he thinks it happens mostly in the evening when everyone is home and using their water.

He is working on a solution where possibly half the town will feed off the old tanks and the other new tanks to help with pressure.

In other business:

-The city received three bids for the F-350 truck that they had for sale. The council voted to accept the highest bid of $1,551.

-Bill Streible was reappointed as LJ’s representative to the planning and zoning commission.

-During the mayor’s report, Butch Sweat said the Louisville U.S. Army Core of Engineers have advised that they cannot run a pipe on the side of the flood wall it will have to go over it. The water line will help provide Hardin County with water from Louisville Water.

Sweat said he has not given them the OK to continue with it because he’s been concerned for the safety of city employees that have to go down there to work on pumps.

He said he will ask the engineers to change the slope so it’s easier for them access.

City attorney Mark Edison told the council it would still have to be approved by the Department of Environmental Safety and FEMA, neither of which have yet.

-The council voted to approve the new franchise fee from Kentucky Utilities. The company suggested it be raised to 3 percent and the city opted to go with 2 percent instead.

-LJ Police Chief Donnie Tinnell said the department has gone to 24 hour surveillance.

-Resident Pat Steiner addressed the council about a letter she received saying she’s paid too much for her flood insurance the last couple years. Edison said the federal government has determined the county’s flood wall is too low and so everyone will be seeing an increase in their flood insurance soon.

The council advised her to seek help from the agent who made her policy.

-Resident Sherry Mann addressed the council about a feral cat problem and asked if the city has sought help from organizations such as Alley Cat Advocates which trap and then spay/neuter, give them shots and release it back into the community. It is free of charge.

“I believe they have the right to live, too,” she said.

Sweat said he receives phone calls all the time from people complaining about cats on cars and running around.

Mann said she’s received complaints from her neighbors for the feral cats she feeds and people have started dropping them off at her door. 

The council suggested she contact a local humane society. Edison said he would put her in touch with an organization that has set up a booth at the fair in previous years.

*At the next meeting there will be a reading for the 20-year cable franchise contract. The city will be able to do a review every five years and change the percent if it chooses to.

The next meeting will be Aug.ust 4 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend.