The Leitchfield Utilities Commission agreed on Thursday night to purchase a used autoclave for approximately $6,000.00. An autoclave is a device used to sterilize equipment and supplies by subjecting them to high pressure saturated steam at 121 °C for around 15 to 20 minutes.
The commission also agreed to purchase Ecoli testing start-up equipment for $5,000.00.
Also being purchased by the commission will be lab grade, acid resistant cabinet tops at a cost of $4,900.00.
Utilities Commissioner Kevin Pharis asked the commission (by proxy) for approval to purchase, at state contract pricing, a mini track-hoe (excavating equipment). Currently Pharis is utilizing a 1995 back-hoe that has many thousands of hours of operation time. It was noted by Pharis that the track-hoe operates at one-third of the cost of a back-hoe.
The track-hoe will take 60 to 90 days to receive, meaning payment of nearly $64,000.00 will be deferred until next fiscal year.