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Council hears about water loss, compressor

The Clinton Water Department lost 76.56 percent of water pumped to the Burnt Ridge area last month.

That translates to 1.5 million gallons of treated water, department Manager Isaac Keeling told the Clinton City Council at its meeting last week.

He said Burnt Ridge has a high-pressure line, 150-160 psi, so when there is a break it automatically empties out the tank. Keeling said there are a lot of summer homes in the area, so leaks often aren’t reported promptly. He said 8 1/2 to 9 miles of the line needs to be replaced.

Another stretch that needs replaced, he said, is on Memory Lane in the Honey Hills subdivision. The water line runs under the road and has constant breaks, Keeling said. “It needs to be the next project,” he said. The cost should be around $200,000, he said.

Also at the Dec. 13 meeting, Mayor Roger Rorie and Zoning official Dwight Wilson said natural-gas company BHP Billiton had agree to temporarily shut down a well that has neighbors up in arms. The well, on Highway 16 East, has a compressor that is near homes and is disturbing residents.

The compressor “is noisy,” Wilson said.

BHP said it will work on a solution to the noise before reopening the well.

The council had been planning to vote on changes to the city’s ordinance regarding natural gas drilling, but in light of the decision by BHP, it was decided to take more time to look at the issue.

“We are totally on the property owners’ side,” Rorie told concerned residents at the meeting.

On another zoning issue, Wilson said the city has hauled 26 vehicles from property owned by the Nixon family on Highway 65 South. The city must store the cars for 30 days to give the owner time to redeem them, Wilson said.

“The property looks better than I’ve ever seen it,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Rorie said he would like to make clear that the city does not want residents to bag their leaves. He said they should call City Hall and the leaves will be picked up and made into mulch. He said the city will also vacuum after picking up the leaves. Burning leaves is not banned in the city, but recycling is preferred, Rorie said.

Near the end of the meeting, outgoing Councilman Randy Churches said he was “proud and honored” to have served on the council. He, Richard Hink and Kip Stringer were attending their final meeting as city councilors.

“It has been an honor to work with the three of you,” Councilman Sam Ward said.

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