Residents in the Rocky Hill Road area now have reason to celebrate, with

the completion of a project that gave them access to water.

The residents sought help from local officials when their wells ran dry

following the lowering of Lake Cumberland. Eventually, the funding became

available for water lines to be extended to the area. Shortly after funding

for the project was appropriated, construction crews began working in the


That has been several months ago but the project is now complete,

according to Leroy Mikel, system manager for the Monticello Utility


Mikel informed the MUC board members about the completion of the project

during their regular monthly meeting last Thursday, September 6.

He also mentioned the Colonial Estates sewer project. Mikel noted that

this project was extended up Old Hwy. 90 toward Monticello Wood Industries

(the former Gamble Brothers) as well as New Hwy. 90 toward Lakeview Yachts.

Mikel pointed out that officials are looking into the possibility of

upgrading sewer lines in the Beech Valley area.

In other news, the board:

€ voted to hire two new employees. Chad Howard will be a new employee on

the garbage truck and Barbara Crouch was hired as a clerk in the office.

€ authorized Leroy Mikel to negotiate the sale of an old garbage truck.

He stated that two bids on the vehicle were received but he felt that the

truck was worth more than the highest bid they got. They decided to try to

sell the truck instead of accepting the highest bid.

€ heard a financial report from Rick Massengale.

€ heard a report from System Manager Leroy Mikel. He noted a

preconstruction meeting was scheduled for September 11 regarding General

Assembly money and AML money they received from the state. He noted that the

money will be used for various projects across the county.

€ heard reports from the month of August on the water and sewer plants,

as well as a report from the service crew.

August weather summary

To say August was hot is an understatement. Wayne County experienced

some record setting heat during the month, including temperatures that

reached 90 degrees or more for 29 consecutive days.

According to the monthly weather summary by J.D. Rogers, local observer

for the National Weather Service, those kind of temperatures are normally

recorded eight days in August.

The average high temperature for the month was 94 degrees.

The hottest days of the month were August 16 and August 23, when the

thermometer climbed to 101 degrees.

Rogers also noted that 100 degrees was recorded on August 15 and August


Normally, August temperatures average 74 degrees. Rogers said that the

average temperature last month was 81.7 degrees.

The minimum temperature of the month was 63 degrees which was recorded

on August 12 and 18.

The summer drought also continued, as Wayne County received only 1.1

inches of rain during August.

That compares to the average of 3.82 inches of rain for the month.

So far this year, Wayne County has received 23.61 inches of

precipitation, which is 11.75 inches below normal.

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