Council Meets

Magistrate Susie Hendricks (from left), presiding, Cadiz City Clerk Barbie Johnson and Magistrate Bob Noel listen as Cadiz Police Chief Duncan Wiggins speaks during last week’s meeting of the Cadiz City Council.

The Cadiz Water Treatment Plant will be replacing a water main — and producing much more water in the community — following a nod of approval from the Cadiz City Council.

Cadiz Public Works Director Craig Oakley said the plant currently is producing around 435,000 gallons of water a day when it’s capable of producing 1½ million gallons.

“We’re not even running a third of what it’s capable of doing,” the director told the council at its meeting on Jan 4 at Cadiz City Hall.

Oakley said the city opened bids for the main in December and received one response.

Scott & Ritter Inc., of Bowling Green submitted an estimate of $106,722.

Oakley noted that the Cadiz plant is buying water right now from Barkley Water. The current bill is $6,138.08, while in December the plant paid $3,749.97 to Barkley Water.

“That’s just an expense because we can’t serve water there because of the water main,” Oakley noted of the plant’s customers across the river, on U.S. 68 out on Canton Road.

He said the new water main will go under Little River; it is an HDPE pipe, i.e., a flexible plastic pipe that is used to transfer fluids, and it is the same size as the current pipe.

But Oakley said this pipe will flow more water since the inside of the pipe won’t have the scale and is one consistent piece of pipe.

“It is fused together,” he added, explaining that “they will directionally bore under the river and come up on the other side in one piece.”

Council members subsequently approved a motion that the water line be replaced.

Oakley said Scott & Ritter could possibly start the work on the new main in the next three to five weeks if materials are available.

The council also during last week’s meeting heard from Cadiz Fire Chief Thomas Futrell, who thanked members for matching a grant last year enabling the department to buy gear.

“That stuff come in, and these guys looked like kids at Christmas pulling boxes apart,” the chief noted of the gear the Cadiz Fire Department received. “It was very much needed and very appreciated.”

Futrell said he’s also applied for a thermal imaging grant to acquire another thermal camera for his department and for another personal protective equipment grant.

Last year the fire department was awarded a $10,000 personal protective equipment grant.

Additionally, the chief gave a report on his department’s efforts last year.

The fire department in 2021 made 62 total runs, including 11 structure fires, six vehicle fires, three industrial fires, six mutual aid calls, 24 alarms and 12 other calls to grass fires, complaints of gas smells and the like.

Last week’s council meeting was presided over by Council Member Susie Hendricks in the absence of Mayor Todd King, who was awaiting the birth of a grandchild.

In other business:

  • The council approved the appointment of Jimmie Carr and Connie Allen to the Board of Adjustment. They will serve four-year terms.
  • City Clerk Barbie Johnson said Cadiz-Trigg County Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hunter has been doing inventory for football equipment and scheduling and opening gyms for basketball practice on weeknights. She said Parks and Recreation hosted 12 basketball games in December. No away games were played due to tornado damage.
  • Cadiz Police Chief Duncan Wiggins said the Cadiz Police Department investigated 29 cases in December, arrested 14 people and responded to 368 calls for service. He noted that, in 2021, the department responded to 5,478 calls for service, investigated 540 criminal cases and made 210 arrests.
  • Wiggins also said Cadiz Code Enforcement opened 320 cases in 2021, closed out 298 cases and collected more than $2,400 in fines.
  • The city council approved its December minutes and its list of expenditures.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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