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With bids under budget, sewer project is a go

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New Castle may have $150k in grant funding left over after Main Street sewer projects

By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Work is finally set to begin on two major New Castle sewer projects.

Last week, Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said New Castle received a grant of $475,000 from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for the job. “It looks like the sewer projects will come to fruition,” he told the New Castle City Commission last week.

During the commission’s meeting, Hubert Excavating of Lawrenceburg was awarded both projects, submitting bids totaling $224,000. Bob Blankenship of HMB Engineering said bids were well under the projected $390,000 cost. Blankenship said a substantial overage in grant dollars presents opportunities for the city. “The left over $150,000 could be used for possible sewer work in town if you desire,” he said.

Work will begin on the South Main project in mid-May. Cole Mitcham of CDP Engineering said the project is expected to take around two weeks.

Blankenship said that while preparations for the larger North Main project will be underway at that time, work is set to begin in June. “We’ll do all of one before starting the other,” Blankenship said. “It’s all tied in together.”

Mitcham said the city did a good job in the bidding process. “Doing the projects back-to-back got a lot of interest (from bidders),” he said, “resulting in good bids.”

Brent said getting the sewers up and running to the new location at the park was crucial to future growth. Cedar Lake Lodge’s commitment to erect a group living facility of four patio homes on park property will provide 20-30 jobs in Henry County.

“One of the reasons we worked so hard on sewers was to get Cedar Lake Lodge to come here,” he said.

 

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