In its meeting on Thursday night, the Leitchfield Utilities Commission agreed to replace a motor in one of the high service water pumps at the water plant. The motor, which began to show signs of failure on Monday, was inspected by Lane Company on Thursday and was deemed “burned up.”
The cost of a new motor is $9,680.00, plus $173.00 per hour for two workers, a service truck and a crane. It will take approximately two to three business days to complete the work.
The pump -- with the now bad motor -- was installed in the 1994 water plant expansion.
The possibility of rebuilding the motor was discussed, but the $6,500.00 cost, plus the fact that it would take five to seven business days to complete the job, deemed rebuilding the motor not an option. Kevin Pharis, Utilities Superintendent, said that a new motor will offer much more efficiency.
Utilities Commission attorney David B. Vickery, brought to the commission’s attention the fact that Anthem, the city’s insurance carrier, is having an issue with its medical and pharmacy claims computer systems. The pharmacy side of the equation is not recognizing when a person has met their deductible, causing consumers to pay full price for prescriptions.
The commission agreed to take steps to alert city employees of the problem, and to also hold discussions with Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center about the issue.
Additionally, the commission approved renting a track hoe and hoe ram at a cost of $7,000.00 per week for work involving the sewer being installed at the new Board of Education building. Pharis stated that workers have run into limestone, necessitating the use of more powerful equipment.