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Officials at Cumberland Gap have spent the past several months dealing with sewer problems.


Alderman Chuck Coffey explained the current situation at a recent Board of Mayor and Alderman (BMA) meeting. Not long ago, the town had to purchase two new pumps — one of which was a rebuilt pump. According to Coffey, there is now only one pump being ran at Tiprell. Normally there are two pumps running alternatively to maintain the town’s septic needs but the recently purchased rebuilt pump quit working after a piece of material got caught in the system and “fried the motor and burnt all the bearings.”


Now Coffey fears what could happen if something was to go wrong with the new pump.


“If that pump goes down, we’re in trouble,” said Coffey. “We’ll have to hire a pump truck to sit down there and pump it.”


Coffey went on to explain how important it was to buy a new pump as something could go wrong with the current pump given the situation.


“We’re going to have to buy one, that one is running 24-hours a day, seven days a week when they normally alternate,” continued Coffey. “It’s not whether we want to, it’s pretty much we have to.”


The current pumps are 15 horse power pumps, but according to Coffey they can be efficiently replaced with 7.5 horse power pumps. The lower horse power pumps will reduce the power bill and not put as much pressure on the lines — which could reduce the likelihood of the lines cracking and breaking.


“The savings probably just on the power bill alone are going to almost offset the cost of the pump,” explained Coffey.


After a brief discussion among the members about how to fund the new pump, Coffey asked if it would be possible to use insurance money from a prior claim.


Upon approval from Claiborne County Attorney Jimmy Estep III, the board unanimously voted to use the insurance money claim to purchase a new generator.

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