Judge reports Cedarbrook plant in better shape than thought

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By Joshua Shepherd

The sewer treatment plant at Cedarbrook still may have some life to it, Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett reported during the regular meeting of the Harrison County Fiscal Court  on Tuesday.
Barnett said that he met with Roger Recktenwald, an environmental specialist with the Kentucky Association of Counties, and other professionals in the field to review the sewer plant’s condition earlier in the month.
The inspection revealed that the plant was still in good working order. The problem to solve, Barnett said, was improving the sewer pipes leading from the Cedarbrook homes.
The clay pipes are allowing about three times the amount of water than what the neighborhood is actually flushing, Barnett said.
“If we can get rid of the extra water infiltration, the existing plant could have about three or four years of life to it,” Barnett said.
An answer may lie in a special plastic that can be injected in liquid form into the existing clay pipes, he said. When the plastic hardens, it should provide a water-tight seal, he explained.
Barnett is still looking for three candidates to serve on the Harrison County Sewer District which the fiscal court approved in July. He is also in talks with Ron Osborne, CEO of R.A. Williams and managing operator of the Cedarbrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, about terms for transferring the sewer plant into the care of the sewer district.
“We’re hoping to get a mutual agreement that will help solve Cedarbrook’s immediate problems,” he added.
In other business:
•The court received the approved tax rates from Cynthiana-Harrison County Library, the Harrison County Fire District, the Harrison County Extension District, and the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District.
All were keeping their rates the same. They were not even going to take the compensating rate.
The WEDCO District Health Department reported that it was reducing its rate for the next fiscal year from five cents per $100 to 4.75 cents.
•The court approved an amendment to an interlocal agreement to change the authority for managing the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board from a single person to a board of 11 county magistrates.
•Tabled a decision to buy a space on the Chamber of Commerce Monopoly Board until they see what spaces are available.
•Heard an update from Harrison County Sheriff Shain Stephens in which he announced that Paul Olin would be named chief deputy.
He also plans to restructure the deputy system to incorporate opportunities for advancement in the department.
He has also been taking on night shifts to get a sense of the challenges facing law enforcement through the evenings.