Sewer improvements could total $4.7 million
Tonganoxie`s sewer lines and plant need about $4.7 million worth of attention, according to the city engineer.
And he`s eager to work with city council members to devise a long-range plan to address problems.
Last Wednesday night, council members were to meet in a study session with engineer Cecil Kingsley and other experts in sewer systems. But only Janet Angell and Pat Albert attended the meeting.
"We`ve got some real important information to cover," Kingsley said.
So the group decided to talk about the sewer system at the council`s meeting next Monday night.
If Tonganoxie were to undertake all the work necessary on its sewer lines, it would cost more than $1.6 million.
In addition, Kingsley and other officials with his company have said the sewage treatment plant requires upgrades.
"It makes sense to figure out what your next project is and get a grant application together," said Kingsley of BG Engineering in Lawrence.
Federal money -- administered by the state -- is available for city sewer projects.
Kingsley said he`s concerned the state could place a moratorium on new hookups to the city`s sewer system, which would halt the city`s growth.
"I`m wanting to look ahead," he said. "You`d have to put a moratorium on development because you can`t treat sewage or you`ll have to pay $3 million in one fell swoop."
A November 1999 report on the city`s sewer plant recommended upgrades at the plant that would mean it could serve about 9,000 people -- at a $3.16 million cost.
"It is a year later, and it worries me every time we wait another year," Kingsley said.