Elizabethtown City Council approved two agreements Monday afternoon with Hardin County Water District No. 2 to treat waste water generated in the Glendale area of southern Hardin County.
The water district began planning the Glendale sewer project, formally known as the Nolin River Watershed Project, in 2012 after approval of a $16 million state grant to develop a sewage collection system to serve historic Glendale, businesses at Interstate 65 exit and a 1,551-acre industrial megasite property.
The project doesn’t include a wastewater treatment plant. Instead, the water district will transfer sewage to the Elizabethtown municipal treatment plant off Gaither Station Road, which is what the control authority agreement and a wholesale agreement the council voted on Monday addressed.
Three contractors are working on the $12.2 million project, which was broken into four bids for installation of gravity lines, force mains and construction of four lift stations. Cumberland Pipeline was awarded two of the bids for four pump stations and force mains.
“I think it won’t be too long into the distant future when we look back at tonight and this agreement that we have with the water district on the Glendale sewer and how important that agreement will have become,” Councilman Terry Shipp said.
Shipp called it an important partnership, and Hardin County Water District No. 2 board member Mike Bell agreed.
“I think we have a great relationship and a great working relationship. We want to have the best water, the best service and the best community and we are working together to do that,” Bell said. “I do think this is a monumental moment and a fundamental opportunity for both of us, but, most importantly ,for Hardin County as a whole.”
Councilman Ron Thomas called the agreement “historical.”
In other council news:
• City Council accepted property at 720 E. Dixie Ave from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The city accepted the transfer of property for the utilization of a fire station and a park and ride lot.
“I just want to say, ‘Hallelujah,’” Mayor Edna Berger said.
• The council also accepted the recommendation of the Elizabethtown Planning Commission to deny amendment of the official zoning map for 516 N. Main St.