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Prep for Highland water project continues

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NASHVILLE – Final preparations for the long-anticipated system improvement for the Nashville Rural Water Public Authority were the major topics of discussion at the meeting of that body’s board Thursday evening.
Board president Mark Dowdy disclosed to the board early in the meeting that he was preparing for the necessary legal advertising and comment period for the public before the issuing of bonds to help pay for the project, which is designed to not only extend the water system to several new customers, but also make the system more resilient in cases of emergency. Dowdy stated that a public meeting will be held for local residents to have their say about the project at the group’s offices on Tuesday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m., though he does not anticipate objections to the project.
System director Ryan Stuckey described preparations for the project to be going well, and said he expects that the group will be able to break ground on the project in early September or late August.
The board also heard a glowing report on the group’s finances, with Dowdy noting that four of the past five months had seen the public authority pull in a modest profit – the first time that had happened in his years on the board, he reported. Dowdy attributed this, in part, to lower fuel prices, a lower cost for the group’s annual audit than in years past, and a substantial reduction in water loss due to leaks. In addition, Dowdy noted that sales of water were up, now averaging just over one million gallons per day.
The group concluded their June meeting with a 28 minute executive session to discuss personnel discipline matters, after which they took no action.