Butler County Times Gazette
  • City Council: Wholesale public water district feasible?

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  • The Augusta City Council will consider several requests when the council members convene at 7 p.m. Monday evening in the upstairs council room at City Hall.
    Representatives from the Augusta Historical Museum will be present to ask permission to conduct informational tours at Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 13.
    Downtown Augusta, Inc. representatives will ask permission to close portions of State St. for the Grasshopper Festival on Friday, Oct. 26th, and for the annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 27.
    In old business, the council will review and update watering restrictions and related issues, as well as review and update the Spillway and Dam Project.
    New business includes:
    1. Consider approval of an amendment to the engineering services agreement with AMEC for the Walnut River Levee certification.
    2. Consider authorizing the submittal of a Regional Public Water Supply Planning Grant application to KDHE with the City of Mulvane and the City of Rose Hill. The council will approve the application for a planning grant to assist with the funding of an engineering study to determine the feasibility of a wholesale public water district. This is a joint application with the other two cities as the grant requires at least three public water systems to be benefactors from the study. Rose Hill’s participation would enable us to meet one of the primary purposes of the grant program and that is to evaluation regional approaches to resolving water issues.
    The City of Augusta continues to have discussions on potential opportunities to partner with the City of Mulvane to address common long-term and short-term water utility issues and goals. Creating a wholesale water district seems a logical means to resolve many of the common issues and goals. Augusta has had several discussions with the City of Rose Hill in regards to connecting to our system for various reasons, which makes them a plausible participant in the study.
    The maximum grant from KDHE would be $12,500 and is considered a 50/50 match with the applicant(s). That would make it a $25,000 project. Mulvane and Augusta would split the cost to match. Though Rose HIll is interested and may be a potential customer at some point in the future, their participation is primarily to fill a requirement of the grant and there are no commitments beyond that at this time.
    3. Consider approval of a Convention and Tourism grant for the Augusta Chamber of Commerce for the annual Homecoming Festival.
    4. Review and discuss authorizing the City of Augusta to work with the City of Andover to research a potential partnership for the development of the airport and a related industrial park.
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