Mike Markovsky came before the Buffalo City Council at this week's meeting to discuss how the city may gain users on the NW Water Pipeline Project if they were willing to help landowners in the area by reducing some of the costs involved with hooking up to the water line.
Markovsky said he was representing 72 landowners with 80 properties in the Airport Road area where the project is being built.
Landowners in the area, for the most part, are at least interested in looking into the possibility of getting city water, but are concerned with the costs they would incur to do so.
Typically, if a county resident were to tap into a city water line, they would pay a double tap fee and a double monthly rate for water than a city resident does.
This situation isn't quite that simple.
The water line project is a joint county/city project to get water into the NW area of the city, then east to tie-in with the Greenleaf Subdivision to the east of Interstate 25, to create a redundant water infrastructure line for the city and also to accommodate growth in those unincorporated areas in the future.
The water lines are transmission lines, which means they cannot be tapped into individually by homeowners, but can be tapped into by a “special improvements district,” or SID, which must be formed by the homeowners in the area, which then can build their own distribution lines off of that main transmission line.
Discussions between Markovsky and the council centered on the city possibly waiving or reducing tap fees and/or monthly rates to those landowners. The reasoning is with the number of landowners willing to hook up to city water, it would still be profitable for the city.
Mayor Randy Dyess explained the city must follow a number of guidelines to provide water outside the city limits.
One landowner spoke to the council, saying many others might be interested in the special improvements district if the city would provide specific costs to them so they can make an informed decision.
Mayor Dyess explained it is up to the landowners in the area to form their own SID, hire an engineer and pay for the studies to determine their costs to lay the distribution lines and supply lines to each lot and bring the information to the city, not the other way around.
No decisions were made and discussions are expected to continue in the matter.