Construction of Elizabethtown’s new Public Work Department facilities on Waterworks Drive is progressing with one of the buildings projected to be completed by the end of the month.
The administrative building, which is the first of three structures to be built, is 99 percent complete. Public Works Superintendent Don Hill said the building originally was expected to cost $3 million and is expected to come in under cost.
“This building should be completed by the end of September,” he said, noting administrative workers moved in June to the new facility. “We just need to finish the punch list.”
When describing the building to Elizabethtown City Council members at Monday’s work session, Hill said, “It really is a facility to be proud of. We’re pretty proud of it.”
Councilman Terry Shipp said the building looked “very nice” from the curb view.
A new salt storage building also is underway. The salt storage structure is about 60 percent complete, Hill said, adding the roof hasn’t been constructed or the floor poured. He said the storage building, once complete, is designed to hold 600 to 800 tons of salt. Add that capacity to the current salt storage building and the city will be able to store around 1,200 tons of salt.
The Public Works operations building still is in the design phase and Hill said officials meet with an architect next week. The project cost for this building is $3.2 million. The building will be divided with five bays to public works, three bays to Natural Gas and three bays to Stormwater workers. Hill said there also will be a common area to be utilized by all departments. The outer appearance of the operations facility will match the administrative building.
Construction of the three buildings is estimated to cost $5.7 million.
Once the operations building is complete, Hill said they then will move onto renovating the former Public Works facilities so they can be utilized by other departments.
In other council news
• Also at Monday’s work session, City Clerk Mary Chaudoin announced a delegation of 13 members will visit from Elizabethtown’s sister city Koori-Machi, Japan. Koori-Machi has been Elizabethtown’s sister city since 1992.
The group will visit the area Sunday through Sept. 22. Chaudoin said 10 students will stay in host homes and attend either T.K. Stone Middle School or Elizabethtown High School on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, the students will make presentations about Japanese culture. They also will visit Mammoth Cave, Lincoln Birthplace, Louisville Slugger Museum and other sites in the area. The three adult leaders will tour a distillery and visit the schools on Wednesday.
The last visit to Elizabethtown by a delegation from Koori-Machi was in 2015.