Pottawatomie County water, sewer agreement up for feedback

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners Tuesday will be asked for feedback on an agreement between the city and Pottawatomie County governing water and sewer supplied by the city to Blue Township.

The city has been working on a new contract for water and sewer service for the township as part of the overall Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update.

In anticipation of dramatic growth over the next decade, city officials want to extend the city’s water main and build a million-gallon holding tower to provide more water to Blue Township.  The design and construction cost is estimated at $4.85 million, with the city paying $1.05 million and new water rates in Blue Township covering the remaining $3.8. City officials want to create an interim agreement that would charge new customers in Blue Township rates that are at 200 percent of city rates. Once the line is built and more water made available, those rates would be dropped to 125 percent of city rates – which is the current level.

Since Tuesday’s meeting is a work session, no formal vote will be taken.  However, commissioners hope to provide direction to city officials on how they would like the contracts to be drafted. A final contract will be brought before the commission for formal approval at a later date.

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