Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004

Sewer upgrades to carry city to 2010

March 18, 2004

The cost for a first phase of sewer upgrades has risen to nearly $900,000. But the good news is the projects could carry the city into 2010.
"We were chasing project after project on a tight timeline," city engineer Brian Kingsley said of the original plan. "We began to feel like Eudora was going to be chasing a series of projects to keep up with development."
Initially, engineers had proposed about $550,000 worth of improvements to the line serving new construction south of Kansas Highway 10. Changes to the initial plan affect several sections of the middle interceptor sewer -- which runs from the Shadow Ridge neighborhood north to the main lift station downtown -- as well as an interceptor sewer extension in east Eudora.
The Eudora City Council agreed March 8 to seek the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's approval and financing of the project and to have the city attorney look over the plans.
Kingsley said if the city moved forward it could expect a 3-percent interest rate on state revolving loan funds. City Administrator Mike Yanez said the city could also expect $60,000 debt service over 20 years.
Yanez said the city could pass a minimal user's fee increase or reserves to pay off debt retirement. He said it was hoped bids would be more "friendly" than the engineers' conservative estimate.

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