Emporia City Commission continues discussion on rural water district contracts Featured

Assistant City Attorney Blaise Plummer addresses the Emporia City Commission during its study session Wednesday. Assistant City Attorney Blaise Plummer addresses the Emporia City Commission during its study session Wednesday. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

Emporia City Commissioners continued ongoing discussions Wednesday regarding contract renewals for Rural Water District 1 serving Americus and District 4 serving Neosho Rapids during a study session.

The primary concern came from RWD 4 about a monthly consumption cap currently imposed at 3 million gallons and a 10 percent penalty associated. Dave Meierhoff, district representative told commissioners they have no way of passing that cost on to their customers and would simply have to absorb that as a loss. Mayor Danny Giefer explains why increasing the cap makes sense.

RWD 4 consumes on average 1.8 million gallons monthly with a maximum monthly consumption of 2.7 million gallons last July during the major water main break in Emporia. No issues were brought up regarding water rates.

Budget discussions also continue and City Treasurer Janet Harouff told commissioners she's pleased with where the budget currently stands but says increasing the mill levy could be warranted. Mayor Giefer says there's also the possibility that some of the water and sewer funds could be shifted around to pay for infrastructure improvements.

In other business, the City Commission was presented with an overview of the water tower project going in near the Simmons expansion project in southeast Emporia. Construction is slated to begin in the fall and be completed by late 2019 and will be painted either white or light blue.

Commissioners also received an update on dog tethering ordinances from a Midge Grinstead, a state Humane Society representative from Lawrence. The city adopted an ordinance similar to Topeka's which requires dogs to be tethered no more than four hours at a time. No action is planned on a tethering ordinance until after budget talks are finished later this summer.

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