Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Payments for plant don’t begin until March 2003

August 8, 2001

Baldwin City won't have to begin payments for its wastewater treatment plant bond issue for almost two years.

At the Baldwin City Council meeting Monday night, City Administrator Larry Paine said the city won't begin payments in 2002 like originally thought. Instead, the city received the payment schedule from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment stating the first payment of $58,000 is due March 1, 2003.

"Last week we had a sense of urgency to present a revised sewer rate," Paine said. "This week, that sense of urgency has evaporated.

"We have the opportunity to basically adjust how we get into that sewer rate," he said. "We can phase it in one, two or three steps so it's not such a large burden all at once."

The council decided Monday to let its utility committee figure out new sewer rates that will allow for the need to pay off the bonds.

The treatment plant, which will begin construction this fall, will cost $3.2 million. The city received a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant to offset the construction of the plant. Debt repayment schedules have been designed so new customers to the system will bear the cost of the added capacity.

In other business the city council:

Approved on a 4-0 vote the purchase of a skid steer tractor from Heritage Tractor for $20,149. Wagner did not vote because of a conflict of interest.

Approved on a 5-0 vote the financing of a 2001 Chevrolet Impala police patrol car through Kansas State bank at a 5.47-percent rate.

Agreed to sell approximately 20,000 bricks to Holton for 15 cents a brick.

Met in executive session for 45 minutes to discuss personnel matters.

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