Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2008

City to raise sewage rates

July 31, 2008

Eudora residents will see an increase in the cost of sewage within the next two months as a result of upgrades that need to be made to the wastewater system.

According to the results of a wastewater report by BG Consultants, the system cannot handle flows during peak times.

One of the ways that problem will be alleviated is through the wastewater lagoon and headworks project, which will cost about $1.2 million. The City Council on Monday gave permission for BG to put the project out for bids.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said the project was needed as a result of poor planning when the wastewater system was improved in 2001.

"What was unfortunate about the wastewater improvements that were made seven years ago was that when they built the new plant they didn't take a look at the entire system and how it fit together hydraulically," she said. "Due to that and the growth, Eudora had to catch up."

Customers likely will see a rate increase of $2.65 to $3 per customer per month.

The city also will take out a 20-year bond in order to pay for the project.

Beatty also said the upgrades would add to the life of the plant.

"We estimate now that unless there are new regulations that come along from EPA, we should be able to do only minor adjustments to the plant and that plant would survive another 18 to 20 years."

BG officials will present final bid packages next month and construction should start next fall.

In other actions, the council:

¢ Heard the results of a transportation study on the intersection at Church and 23rd streets done by city engineers BG Consultants, who stated there is no need for a traffic signal at the high school.

BG's Jason Hoskinson told the council the only time it would a warrant traffic signal was during peak hours in the morning and afternoon. Traffic at peak times only accounts for 25 percent of total traffic.

The peak hour warrant is just one of eight warrants used in the study, which falls under the federal guidelines of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

The peak hour warrant was the only warrant that met the criteria, but the warrant is used with reservation by engineers because it doesn't account for a large enough amount of the total traffic.

The study also found that in the last five years, there have been just three accidents at the intersection, none of which included injuries.

Furthermore, Hoskinson said there could be an increase in crosswalk issues and rear-end car collisions if a traffic signal was installed but not warranted.

"I think there will be a time when a signal is needed, but I think there could be some drawbacks from a safety standpoint if you were to install one now," Hoskinson said.

¢ Approved the 2007 audit

¢ Approved placement of a stop sign at the intersection of Sixth and Elm streets.

¢ Approved an interconnect agreement with Westar Energy that states regardless of whether the city intends to annex a given customer, customers not within city limits will remain Westar customers until they are officially annexed into the city.

Three customers on 10th Street, four customers on Seventh Street and 17 customers in the area of Church Street and E. 1700 Road will have their electricity switched back to Westar. The primary line will stay Eudora's, but power will be sold back to Westar from transformer to home.

¢ Approved a study on the I-70 interchange at a cost of about $18,000. Douglas County will pay for half of the amount. The study will estimate the effect of the I-70 interchange at Tonganoxie on traffic traveling through Eudora on Main Street.

¢ Approved a development agreement with USD 491. If the school district builds any additions to the site of the new elementary school, they will have enlarge the 8-inch waterline or do a direct connection to the

12-inch waterline on the west side of Intech Industrial park.

¢ Approved sealing of Winchester Road at a cost of $7,020.32.

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