City to seek grants for water system improvements

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

“If the water is there, the businesses will come,” Hartman said, noting that while a hotel could not be built without city sewer services, restaurants could function on city water and a septic tank. “Restaurants definitely need city water, if they operate on a well, then they have to have their water tested every month,” Hartman said.

He said interested businesses have looked at the land in the past, but due to lack of water and sewer utilities, nothing has been done with the property.

The city also loses between 22 and 27 percent of its water supply due to leaks, City Administrator Dan Miner said. Improving the water retention would save energy and make the water service more profitable, as well as saving energy, Bruce said. The energy savings for the city’s water plant could be sufficient cause to receive a grant for the repairs.

The first step, Bruce explained, is to secure the services of a consulting firm. He recommended the city publish a Request For Qualifications and begin the process of searching for a consultant.

The council agreed and voted to proceed with the preparation of an RFQ.

“The last 5-7 years we’ve not had the chance to do this,” the mayor said. “I’d hate to not take the chance. It’s not going to slip away from us because we didn’t try.”

“If we don’t do something, we’re never going to get anything done,” Rustin said. “But I do not want to leave our children’s children in debt.”

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