Negotiations still in works on future of treatment plant

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By Thomas Barr

 HUNTERS HOLLOW - The temporary sewage treatment plant continues to operate while negotiations continue on the future of what will happen on a permanent basis.

Engineer David Derrick and Bullitt County Sanitation District manager Jerry Kennedy have been in communications with Chris Cogan, who represents his father’s Bullitt Utilities.

In March, the sewage treatment plant off East Blue Lick Road literally had a hole blown open in its outer walls.

While the pumps still functioned, the raw sewage was being pumped directly into the nearby stream, which leads to Brooks Run and Floyds Fork.

A temporary treatment system has been brought in to handle the sewage. However, Derrick said, that is not a long-term solution.

Since the incident occurred, Derrick said there have been various scenarios considered by the sanitation district in case Bullitt Utilities does not opt to rebuild the plant.

Derrick said there are several things which could happen, including a takeover by the sanitation district with some financial assistance from the current owners.

Also involved in the negotiations will be the state Division of Water.

If the sanitation district took over the customers permanently, Derrick said the long-term solution would be to expand the current facility off John Harper Highway. That would probably take two years to happen.

In the interim, sewage could be diverted to existing sanitation district facilities.

The sanitation district board voted to allow Derrick and Kennedy to continue the negotiations with Bullitt Utilities.

In a related matter, the board unanimously approved allowing Kennedy to sign an agreement for the district to be part of a regional work group.

The study would look at the feasibility of a regional sewage treatment facility.

Legislation worked on by former state Rep. Linda Belcher and current state Sen. Dan Seum allowed a regional work group to be formed.

It is a voluntary group.

The idea is to take all the sewage from Jefferson and other participating counties and municipalities. The ultimate treatment facility would be located on the Salt River in Fort Knox near the Ohio River.

MSD agreed to lead the study group.

Being part of the work group does not commit anyone to any major financial commitment.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Sanitation District is set for Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.