Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2005

District, city to share costs of water line

November 30, 2005

Tonganoxie City Council member Ron Cranor agreed Monday that the city would pay for a portion of a water line project at the middle school site on Washington Street.

Cranor, though, voiced displeasure with the situation.

The lines would connect the middle school to a water tower on site, which the city earlier this year agreed to build -- with help from the school district.

"The fact of the matter is, the city at this time probably would never have been involved in this water tower issue if it wouldn't be for the school district," Cranor said at Monday's city council meeting. "Therefore, I think the school should be responsible for most of this."

The water line project, which will be done by Meadows Construction, is expected to cost a total of $22,580.

The council, by a 4-0 vote, agreed to pay for $12,725 of the project.

The school district, meanwhile, will pay $9,855.

Butch Rodgers, city superintendent, submitted those figures for the city and school district after analyzing the estimated cost of the project.

The new water tower is expected to cost $542,500, of which the school has pledged to pay $150,000.

Kris Roberts, project manager for Turner Construction, which is handling the school construction projects, told council members, that the city should be responsible for some of the costs of the new water line.

Roberts initially urged the city to pay at least some costs when she attended a Nov. 14 city council meeting.

Council members last month stated the city shouldn't be responsible for the entire project.

City council member Steve Gumm abstained from voting on the water line motion, citing that he came to the meeting late and did not hear all of the discussion on the issue.

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