New member appointed to CBWD board
EUREKA SPRINGS -- On Thursday the Carroll-Boone Water District board appointed a new board member and voted to issue $10 million in bonds, with another bond issue after the first of the year.
The separate Carroll County board for the water district appointed Howard Collins of Green Forest to fill out the remaining term of Harold Collins, who passed away in June. Howard is Harold's brother and is a retired dairy farmer who now runs a beef cattle operation.
The combined Carroll and Boone boards in its meeting then approved Collins' addition to the board.
During an update by Brad Hammond, president of McGoodwin, Williams & Yates engineering firm, the board approved a $10 million bond issue for Phase I of the parallel water transmission line project. The project is part of the 20-year master plan update and will parallel and replace existing 30-inch ductile iron pipe with 36-inch ductile iron. It will also replace any existing 24-inch concrete pipe, which is in place past the Green-Berry booster station. Paralleling the line aids in pressure problems and improves flow, which will satisfy the peak demand projected over the next 20 years.
Hammond told the board the design was complete, and they are starting right-of-way acquisitions.
"The bond price is the lowest I've seen in several years," said Chairman James Yates.
Hammond said interest rates are at 3.3 percent currently.
The district can issue up to $10 million in bank-qualified bonds per year, he said. He recommended the district issue another $7.5 million after the first of the year to finish Phase 1 of the project. Current debt
service will be refinanced into the $10 million bond issue, and debt service on the new bonds will be slightly less than the district is currently paying.
The entire three-phase, 20-year master plan update project will cost around $43 million.
Hammond updated the board on the fluoride feed facility construction at both the east and west plants. He said construction "got behind schedule" but is projected to be complete by the end of December or first of January.
"They have a lot to do to finish," he said, but noted that financing from Delta Dental Insurance for startup costs is not at risk.
"Remind [the contractors] of the per day [late] penalty," Yates said.
At the end of the meeting, Yates allowed comments from several members of the public who came to speak about the dangers of fluoride, asking who would be held accountable if the fluoride product is not certified by an independent agency other than the manufacturer; whether the district will notify parents about the fluoride content in water and not to use it in baby formula; who the board works for, the consumers or the state; what personal actions board members have taken to protect the people and whether they would be willing to go to jail to protect the people.
In other business, the board:
* Approved awarding its insurance policy to Cincinnati Insurance Co., which covers water districts, to get added coverage for things not currently included, such as pollution coverage, professional liability and earthquake coverage for 1,000 feet of waterline at the plant.
* Approved the financial reports and the 2015 budget, with a 3.5 percent raise for employees. The budget includes hiring two new trainees.
* Approved adding accidental death and dismemberment insurance for employees of up to $50,000 per employee.
* Approved retaining extra legal counsel, if necessary, to start condemnation proceedings against landowners who refused to grant rights-of-way for the Kings River waterline crossing, although Bowers said he believes they can still be negotiated without resorting to that.
* Approved awarding the low bid of $1,081,710 to Rosetta Construction to move the waterline as part of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's Hwy. 62 widening project near Green Forest.