Butler County Times Gazette
  • Water service may affect hotel decision

  • Business development along 7th Street is difficult because of the lack of water pressure and flow in the area.
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  • City Engineer Larry Henry with MKEC told the Augusta City Council that his company was ready to begin designing a solution to the lack of water flow and pressure in the 7th Street corridor.
    Business development along 7th Street is difficult because of the lack of water pressure and flow in the area. The water service is not sufficient for adequate fire repression.
    The catalyst for this study is a proposed hotel in a vacant lot on the south side of 7th Street on the west side of Augusta. But a car wash in the area uses a pump to serve its customers. The new Walmart had to install a 200,000 gallon water tank to meet fire repression guidelines.
    The council entered into an engineering agreement with MKEC to draw up a solution to the issue that would allow for better service for current and future customers and potentially benefit residents in that area.
    The cost of a project like this could be as high as $500,000.
    The council also agreed to pay $500 to a consultant to provide a cost-benefit analysis for the new hotel. The council contracted with Steve Robb to perform the study.
    The information in this report is expected to help the council decide whether incentives to bring in a new national chain hotel to Augusta are worth the investment.
    Both studies are expected to be complete in time to help the council meet the hotel investors’ Dec. 1, 2013 deadline for a decision on the matter.
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