“That doesn’t get rid of any beds, that doesn’t clear up any space, but it does help,” Burnett said.
Rural Water District No. 1 Project: The board of commissioners also asked board members of the Rural Water District several questions about a project that has been ongoing for nine years.
Water project board member Richard Murman said the board for the project was created through a steering committee in November 2003. Since then, they have had multiple attempts to try to make a feasible financial system for the project.
They weren’t successful in finding a financial solution until Aug. 3 this year, when the USDA gave them a grant and a loan totaling around $4.7 to 4.9 million. The board then needed continued CDBG funding from the Cleveland County for partial support to compliment that grant and loan.
“How close are you guys in (completing) this project?” Cleveland said, “and what are the next steps?”
Murman said no pipes are in the ground and no test holes have been drilled at this point. However, the projected start date is May 2013.
“We have to get to the closing of the loans with all those divisions first, and at that point, things will start to move pretty fast,” Murman said.
Commissioner Rusty Sullivan noticed that water testing had already been completed and results stated that the well water quality would be high.
“How can you test what you don’t have?” Sullivan said.
Murman said since the Department of Corrections currently has water wells in that area, they were able to test the DOC’s wells. Also, since there are wells already there, the board does not have to go in for a water permit, which helps.
The Department of Corrections would be used as a secondary water source for the city of Lexington when the project is completed. The city’s wells would be the primary source.