The city will go to the voters in November asking for a $6 million bond capacity to make the needed upgrades to the current system and anticipate expansion. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says the city has $5 million in water bonding capacity but no sewer.
“With the monitoring project we discovered that we were tapping that out. We were going to reach our capacity and I reported that to the board back in February and January when we were going through that whole process and explained this project has to go forward and now we will have to fund almost a little over a quarter of a million dollars for this project because we’re tapped out,” says Van Dee.
Van Dee says the city needs to look past the $3 million that will bring the existing system up to standards. The additional $3 million will be for future development along the new state route 242.
“I’m trying to position the city and the mayor’s been very supportive of it and the staff certainly is looking forward to it for that growth and development.”
The issue of expansion has been raised several times with no immediate plans to get unsewered areas in city limits.
“I heard a comment about, ‘Well we’re going to put $3 million into the system. We’re not going to have any users.’ Well, unfortunately, if you maintain that system adequately over the life of the system, you would’ve already spent the $3 million over the years.”
The language for the $6 million bond is being reviewed by City Attorney Roger Gibbons.