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Kingston Council members are considering another major waterline project — this one in anticipation of commercial development along the Gallaher Road corridor.
Council placed a project to increase flow to that area on its February meeting at this month’s work session.
The project is similar in several respects to the ongoing second phase of the Gallaher Road Sewer project.
In that project, after the initial phase had been completed, the city still had several hundred thousand dollars in grant and low-interest loan monies available from the government.
Kingston obtained permission to use those remaining funds, for new lines along a portion of Gallaher Road, and for improvements at one of the pump stations that serves it.
Plans for the improvements are under way, and construction should begin in the coming months.
But officials find themselves in the same position following another large local water project, the Rockwood Waterline project, completed more than a year ago. That job is finished, but Kingston officials still have access to $468,000 in loan money and $292,000 in grant from the federal program they tapped to complete it.
In both cases, Kingston has had to prove there is some “connectivity” between the projects originally approved under the terms of the grant/loan program, and the “add-on” projects that would be funded by the leftover monies.
According to City Manager Jim Pinkerton, the Rural Development Administration, which helps administer the grants, has signed off on Kingston’s latest plan.
That plan calls for the city to extend a 12-inch waterline down Ladd Landing Way, across Lawnville Road, continuing on all the way to Gallaher, paralleling the 8-inch line already in existence.
The dual lines will increase the capacity in anticipation of future growth.
Pinkerton said the council is banking on the notion that that corridor will be a commercial hotspot in the years to come, and that building the waterline now will keep the city ahead of the curve.
“The city’s has been investing in the growth of that area,” he said. “They’ve put lights on the I-40 interchange, water and sewer lines; there’s been rezoning.”
In other business, council also placed an item on its agenda to recommend to the county executive that one of council members serve as the Kingston representative on the E-911 Board of Directors.