MUPB News & Awards

August 29, 2013

Morehead Utility Plant Board Wins 2012 Gas Safety Award

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MUPB Wins 2012 Gas Safety Award

The Morehead Utility Plant Board has been awarded The Kentucky Gas Association’s “Accident Prevention Award” for 2012. This award is given to Member Companies that have maintained “OSHA Criteria” of zero injuries/incidences. During the 10,380 man-hours attributed to the gas system in 2012, Morehead Utility Plant Board’s maintenance employees were able to report zero accidents. Only 4 other Kentucky Gas Association members in the Group 2 (1-149 employees) received this award. This is the twelfth time that the Morehead Utility Plant Board has received this award from the Kentucky Gas Association, having won it in 1990, 1995 and 2004-2013 (10 straight years). “Our maintenance employees are continuously working to ensure the safety of our customers, themselves and fellow employees. Through extensive training, hands-on experience, and proper personal protective equipment we are proud to report zero incidences, accidents or injuries. I am extremely honored in accepting this award on behalf of the Morehead Utility Plant Board”, said Mike Nickell, General Manager, Morehead Utility Plant Board.

July 28, 2010

MUPB Wastewater Treatment Plant win 2008 EKWWOA & KWWOA Awards

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Displaying the awards are (L to R) Chuck Davis (WWTP Superintendent), Darrell Crawford, John Arnold, Dennis Skaggs,  Pat Crum,
Jr. Fraley, Tim Sargent, Gary Jennings and Mike Nickell (General Manager, MUPB). Not pictured are Jamie Lewis and Rick Thomas.

Morehead Utility Plant Board Wastewater Treatment Plant wins 2008 Eastern (Region) Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators Association Outstanding Plant Award and the (State) Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators Association Outstanding Plant Award. The KWWOA Outstanding Plant Excellence Awards program is intended to highlight effective operation and maintenance programs. The award also honors the commitment of the wastewater systems leadership and plant personnel in maintaining the operation and maintenance of the plant.

The awards process included reviewing MUPB quality control, facility operation and maintenance, administrative management and customer service. This is the fifth time that the Wastewater Plant has won this award. (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 & 2008)

The Morehead Utility Plant Board Wins 2008 Natural Gas Award

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Displaying the award are the MUPB Maintenance personnel: (Front Row-left to right) Tom Barker, Robert Keller, Jim Neill, Larry Lambert,
Billy Wheeler and and Steve Sanders.  (Back Row-left to right) Ronnie Cornett-Maintenance Dept. Superintendent, Larry Tackett, Kenny Cornett,
Howard Helterbrand, Dennis Hargett, Frank Harper, Mark Lewis, Kevin Mayhorn, and Mike Nickell, MUPB General Manager

Morehead Utility Plant Board Maintenance Department has been awarded The Kentucky Gas Associations Accident Prevention Award for 2008. This award is given to member companies that have maintained “OSHA Criteria “of zero injuries and incidences. During the 8196 man hours attributed to the natural gas system in 2008, Morehead Utility Plant Board maintenance employees were able to report zero accidents.

This is the fifth time in a row and seventh time overall that the Morehead Utility Plant Board has received this award from the Kentucky Gas Association, having also won it in 1990, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

MUPB Receives Stimulus Money for Sewer Rehab and Expansion

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Displaying the check are: (Left to right), Mike Nickell (MUPB General Manager), Tom Carew (City Council Representative),
State Representative John Will Stacy, State Representative Rocky Adkins, Charles Derrickson (MUPB Board Secretary),
Oveda Messer (MUPB Board Vice Chair), Senator Walter Blevins, Charles Patrick (MUPB Board Member), Ewell Scott (MUPB Board Chairman)

The Morehead Utility Plant Board was awarded $2,094,216 from the Kentucky federal stimulus money for sewer system improvements and line extensions. State Representatives Rocky Adkins, John Will Stacy and Senator Walter Blevins attended this month’s board meeting to present the check from the Kentucky General Assembly.

According to General Manager Mike Nickell, $801,000 will be used to extend sewer service (lines and pump station) to the Big Woods area, which will add 300 customers. The remaining money wil be used to rehabilitate existing sewer lines under roads in high traffic areas.

Contracts for the rehabilitation will be awarded on a per foot basis until the funds are gone. MUPB plans to rehab almost 21,000 feet of sewer line and lay 14,100 feet of new line from Pine Hills on Route 32 to Big Woods with the stimulus money.

2008 Area-Wide Optimization Program

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The Morehead Utility Plant Board was awarded Area-Wide Optimization Certification for 2008, the third year in a row.

The Division of Water initiated the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) in 1997. AWOP is an effort to optimize the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities. The goal of the program is to optimize particle removal and disinfection at all filtration plants to maximize public health protection.

The state level for particle removal is 0.3 NTU, but to get the certification a plant must keep the level under 0.1 NTU 95% of the time.

Morehead Utility Plant Board Receives 2007 EKWWOA Award

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Displaying the award are the MUPB plant operators: (Left to right), Randy Williams-WTP Superintendent, Terry Mann, Billy James,
Doug Bentley,Steve Stone, Charlie Gardner, Bruce Cecil, Donnie Davis, and Mike Nickell-MUPB General Manager

The Morehead Utility Plant Board Water Treatment Plant received the 2007 Eastern Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators Association (EKWWOA) Outstanding Plant Award. The EKWWOA Outstanding Plant Excellence Awards program is intended to highlight effective operation and maintenance programs. The award also honors the commitment of the water systems leadership and plant personnel in maintaining and protecting drinking water and public water supplies.

We strive to provide safe drinking water by our commitment to compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and through our operations and maintenance programs. The awards process included reviewing MUPB quality of water produced, facility operation and maintenance, administrative management and customer service. MUPB also received the award in 2005.

2007 Area-Wide Optimization Program

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Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet Department For Environmental Protection – Division of Water recognizes Morehead Utility Plant Board Water Treatment Plant for meeting the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) goals for both settled and filtered water in 2007 and being considered a “Totally Optimized Plant” for turbidity/microbial removal.

July 20, 2010

The Morehead Utility Plant Board Wins 2007 Natural Gas Award

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MUPB Maintenance Department display award
Displaying the award are the MUPB Maintenance personnel: (Front Row-left to right) Joel Qualls, Jim Neill, Larry Tackett, Larry Lambert, Steve Sanders, and Mark Lewis.
(Back Row-left to right) Ronnie Cornett-Maintenance Dept. Superintendent, Robert Keller, Howard Helterbrand, Kenny Cornett, Frank Harper,
Billy Wheeler, Kevin Mayhorn, and Mike Nickell, MUPB General Manager

Morehead Utility Plant Board Maintenance Department has been awarded The Kentucky Gas Associations Accident Prevention Award for 2007. This award is given to member companies that have maintained “OSHA Criteria “of zero injuries and incidences. During the 8100 man hours attributed to the natural gas system in 2007, Morehead Utility Plant Board maintenance employees were able to report zero accidents.

This is the sixth time that the Morehead Utility Plant Board has received this award from the Kentucky Gas Association, having also won it in 1990, 1995, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Plant Board Employee Receives 2007 Mitchell Award

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Danny Caudill (R) Accepts the Mitchell Award from Mike Nickell-General Manager, Morehead Utility Plant Board

Danny Caudill of the Morehead Utility Plant Board Water Treatment Plant received the Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators Association (KWWOA) Mitchell Award.  This award is given to an individual who has been involved in the water industry for ten or more years and has demonstrated a commitment to the improvement of the management and technical progression of the operation and maintenance of a water system.

Danny has been employed with Morehead Utility Plant Board for 28 years, first as a Water Treatment Operator and, for the last 10 years, as the Water Plant Superintendent. He currently holds a Class IV Operators Certification, and has the following organizational affiliations:

  • KWWOA-State Representative
  • EKWWOA-Chapter Representative
  • EKWWOA Awards Committee
  • Licking River Water Shed Committee
  • KRWA Member
  • KRWA Peer Review Member
  • WEF Member
  • AWWA Member
  • D.O.W. Preference Base Training
  • Ky Drinking Water Advisory Group
  • LEPC Member
  • American Red Cross: CPR/First Aid and Bloodborne certified

Danny has been a KWWOA member for over 15 years, and has been a KWWOA board member. He has also been the EKWWOA Senior and Jr. Representative.

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