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Ca-ching! Council considers major $$$ outlays for water projects,
These come as a challenging city budget process looms this Fall

Story Highlights
* Council to consider three major expenditures for water projects
1. $158,000 for Southeast Yelm Water Storage via the Water Capital Improvement fund,
2. $54,000 combined through 2020 for potential water rights acquisition with Oly/Lacey,
3. $52,000 annual outlay (potentially 20 years) for Public Works Phase 1 loan.
4. With the annual Library & Community Center maintenance fees, t’is big bucks!
5. Is there another property-owners-funded bond request, or more water fees? Hello?
6. Hopefully the city will not interfere with the Feb. 2018 Yelm Schools Bond.

– August 22, 2017, Council will consider authorizing $158,500
for preliminary design and locating services for the Southeast Reservoir project.

Background from the City’s Staff Report
“The capital improvement plan (CIP) approved as part of the current water system plan (WSP) contains projects necessary to increase capacity, reliability, and efficiency of the potable water distribution system. One of the primary means of increasing reliability and efficiency of the distribution system is by incorporating storage of water in strategic locations to maintain system pressure, provide fire flow protection when needed, and to maintain water availability to our customers in the event of short disruptions in water withdrawal.”

“Public Works began in 2016 to update the 2010 WSP as required every six years by the Washington Department of Health. The update is on-going into 2018. The SE Reservoir was identified in the 2010 WSP as being needed for additional storage and to meet minimum requirements for fire flow. The preliminary results of the 2016 update continued to highlight the need for an additional 1.8 million gallon reservoir in the southeast portion of the City to meet current and future storage requirements.”

“Currently, $480,000 for the completion of design and land acquisition for this project is in the 413 Water Capital Improvement fund.”
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– September 5, 2017, Council to vote to authorize $54,000 as follows
A. $21,000 in 2017,
B. $11,000 annually every year after through 2020 ($33,000).
The purpose is to remain partners with Olympia and Lacey in the Deschutes River Habitat Restoration Project on the Smith Farm land, or to withdraw from the project.
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– Maintenance/upgrades deferments require immediate Public Works funding.
+ Phase 1 requires a $2 million low-interest USDA loan @ $52,000+ (2.6%) annual interest.
+ The total Public Works project is estimated to cost between $11-17 million.
+ This for a city that has a $7 million annual budget.
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Posted by Steve on August 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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