Sewer proposal continues forward

By Nick Gosnell
December 08, 2014
McPherson City Public Works

The proposed work to improve the sewer system in McPherson is going to go forward, and your sewer bills will be going up as a result. McPherson City Public Works Director Jeff Woodward held a public hearing on Monday because the improvements will be initially financed by the KDHE's revolving loan program.

The City is proposing West trunk line improvements into the Wastewater Treatment Plant, reconstruction of Water Treatment Plant road, a new sanitary sewer installation in the alley between Barber and Myers Street between Loomis and Anna Streets and new sewer infrastructure along Centennial between Northview and Kansas Avenue to handle anticipated increased needs with the development of industrial areas in that part of the city.

The costs are initially estimated at almost $2.9 million, but if the pipes along the West trunk line cannot be lined as originally proposed, those costs could increase. The average homeowner will see less than a two dollar a month increase on their bill.

Mayor Tom Brown directed City Administrator Nick Gregory and City Attorney Jeff Houston to work together on a sewer rate ordinance to reflect the changes proposed by Woodward. That ordinance will come before the Commission prior to the first of the year.