Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 14, 2013

More hydrants coming to rural Greenup

Most funded by state grant

GREENUP — The first phase of a grant-funded project to place fire hydrants in mostly rural Greenup County fire districts is almost complete and a second phase is poised to start in about two weeks.

The hydrants are going in five districts all served by the Greenup water system and most of them were paid for with a $120,000 state grant, according to Richard Howerton, the city’s engineer.

So far 15 have been installed, three each in the Little Sandy, Lloyd, Load, Maloneton and Oldtown fire districts. That work started in February.

The city council on Tuesday authorized Howerton to start work on another 10 hydrants. Of those, seven will go to Lloyd, one each to the Oldtown and Maloneton districts and one will replace a hydrant in Greenup.

Three of the Lloyd hydrants will be paid for through the grant. The fire district requested and agreed to pay for the other four, Howerton said.

The cost is about $5,500 per hydrant, with about half of that amount being the price of the hydrant and the remainder the cost of installation and other materials.

Each fire district chose the locations for its hydrants.

Because some of the Lloyd hydrants will not be covered under the grant, Mayor Lundie Meadows and City Attorney Stephen McGinnis said the city would seek a written agreement from the fire district reflecting its commitment to paying for four of the devices.

Installation should start in about two weeks, Howerton said.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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