Archive for Sunday, December 6, 2009

City weighs water service concerns

December 6, 2009


Concerns remain about how a 155-acre piece of industrial ground at the Lecompton turnpike interchange will get access to water, but city and rural water district officials have begun discussions on the issue.

Lawrence City Manager David Corliss confirmed that he met recently with an attorney for Douglas County Rural Water District No. 6 about how the industrial property could receive water service.

Corliss said the discussions have involved altering the contract RWD No. 6 has with the city to provide the water district with treated water. He said the city is not seriously contemplating extending a city water line to the site.

“The City Commission doesn’t have any plans to extend a water line, or a sewer line, to the site,” Corliss said.

The 155-acre piece of ground technically is an island of property that is in the city limits, although the annexation is being challenged in court. But as part of the annexation, city commissioners made it clear that they were not obligating the city to provide water or sewer service to the site within any specific time period.

Rural Water District Chairman Don Fuston has expressed concerns about providing water to the site. He said he believes providing water to an industrial user eventually could create shortages for the approximately 300 homes the district serves northwest of Lawrence.

Corliss, though, said the city is willing to work with the water district to provide it more treated water from the city’s water treatment plant. The city has long been the entity that treats the water for RWD No. 6. The water district’s contract with the city runs until 2019.

Fuston also has concerns about whether the water district’s bylaws would allow it to serve an industrial water customer. But Corliss said he believes the city and the water district can work out an agreement that would allow the water district to serve the property.

“I know the site needs water service, and we still think the logical party to work with is Rural Water District No. 6,” Corliss said.


LogicMan 8 years, 6 months ago

Build a city or land-owner paid-for water tower and pump station on or near that land to store water during the night for use the next day?

hipper_than_hip 8 years, 6 months ago

Island annexation at it's best!

Stand your ground Don!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 6 months ago

The city would extend water to the site if asked.... unfortunately = tax dollar increase.

Sunny Parker 8 years, 6 months ago

Don't talk about tax increase Merrill!

Every other thread you are all for tax increases! All of the government handouts you regularly applaud will tax us to death!

hipper_than_hip 8 years, 6 months ago

The developer promised not to ask the city to extend utilities to the site in return for granting the annexation.

The city won't extend a water line to the property, and the water district can't provide water to an industrial user as per it's bylaws. Now the developer is trying to get the city to pressure the water district into providing water, using the promise of more water as a carrot.

Has the city threatened to refuse to renew it's contract with the water district if the water district doesn't cave to the developer?

gccs14r 8 years, 6 months ago

Show of hands from anyone who didn't think there'd be a back-door attempt to get City water to the site.

headdoctor 8 years, 6 months ago

The City sure likes to fight the idea of putting a water and sewer line under I-70. I think the City master plan doesn't call for that to happen to the North West until about 2030. Of course this thought is according to the supreme beings that decided that Lawrence should only grow to the West, South West. Even the growth to the South and East has taken them by surprise. I am not sure why they decided that except that some of them maybe owned land that direction or was hoping to control growth knowing that developing into a flood plane would cause considerable problems. Development is already past 1000 E or Queens road. Wouldn't be that unrealistic to put a water and sewer line across I-70 at that point.

hipper_than_hip 8 years, 6 months ago

RWD #6 says that 100% of the available water from the city is spoken for, and for the past couple of years Don has been talking about the possiblilty of water rationing by 2012, citing normal growth to the water district.

If 100% of the water is already spoken for, where's the city going to get the additional water?

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