Archive for Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Work progressing on water plan

April 9, 2003

After failing in the last few months to agree on a plan for sharing additional water from the city of Bonner Springs, Wholesale Water District 6 has a solid proposal.

Rick Muzzy, Rural Water District 9 board member, presented an outline Monday in Tonganoxie City Council chambers during the water district's meeting.

"I think a lot of it has been talked about, but nothing ever written down," Muzzy said.

The city of Bonner Springs already distributes 500 gallons per minute to the wholesale district, but is offering an additional 500 in the future. The wholesale water district consists of the city of Tonganoxie and Rural Water Districts 6 and 9.

Muzzy's proposal allocates 470 gallons to the city, 330 to RWD 9 and 200 gallons to RWD 6. That changed from a failed previous proposal of 380 for both RWD 9 and the city and 240 for RWD 6.

Currently, RWD 9 is at 290 gallons per minute, the city at 150 and RWD 6 at 60.

The city would cover 47 percent of the debt service, with District 9 paying 33 percent and District 6 covering 20 percent. Maintenance and repair expenses would follow those same percentages.

City Administrator Shane Krull, council member Steve Gumm, District 6 chairman Mike Reischman and District 9 chairman Doug Smith also were in attendance.

Krull said he would fax the proposed document to city attorney Mike Crow on Tuesday and the item would be on the agenda at Monday's city council meeting.

Tonganoxie is seeking additional sources of water to help off-set a water shortage problem that has plagued the city for years. Last summer, the city enacted outdoor watering restrictions.

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