Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

City OKs water plan

Odd-even watering system still in effect

April 16, 2003

On May 1, Tonganoxie finally could have a water solution.

Monday night, the city council -- including outgoing Mayor John Franiuk and members Cami Zimmerman and Pat Albert -- approved the most recent proposed agreement for Wholesale Water District 6.

The proposal includes taking 1,000 gallons per minute from the city of Bonner Springs and allocating 470 gallons to the city, 330 to Rural Water District 9 and 200 to Rural Water District 6.

RWD 9 laid out the proposal, so RWD 6 is the only party still needing to approve the alignment. RWD 6 will have a board meeting before the city and RWD 6 and 9 meet for the wholesale water meeting May 1. At that time, the plan could go into effect with Bonner Springs' approval.

Velda Roberts, who joined the council later in the evening, was concerned about another aspect of the agreement, which gives RWD 9 two votes and RWD 6 and the city one vote each in the wholesale district.

Outgoing council member Pat Albert said the district had been set up that way for some time.

"We're OK with this agreement," Albert said.

Until the city can finalize an agreement for additional water for Tonganoxie, city residents and businesses are under an odd-even watering plan.

That means businesses and residents whose addresses are even may water on even-numbered days, and businesses and residents whose addresses are odd may water lawns and gardens on even-numbered days.

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