Meeting On NW Water Pipeline Draws Mixed Reactions

About 50 people attended the public meeting on the NW Water Pipeline project to discuss how county residents may get city water in the near future.
About 50 people attended the public meeting on the NW Water Pipeline project to discuss how county residents may get city water in the near future.

A public meeting was held last Thursday night for county residents in the area of the airport and elsewhere in a proposed “service area” to learn how they can gain city water for their residences in the county.

WWEC Engineering, Johnson County and the City of Buffalo, who are all working together on the water transmission line project, hosted the meeting to answer questions from residents and explain how they can, if they choose, form a Special Improvements District (SID) and gain city water for themselves without annexing into the city limits.

The three entities will be building the transmission line to act as a redundant line for the city of Buffalo that will tie in major portions of county lands just north of the city limits to the east with the Greenleaf Subdivision for possible city water service.
Now they are informing residents that if they do decide they want city water, now is the time to organize, form a SID board and begin the process of searching for funding to build distribution and service lines within the area that can be serviced.

The next step in the process is for the homeowners in the area to have a meeting to discuss interest in the project, and to determine if it is feasible to pursue.

The landowners in attendance seemed to be in favor of getting city water, even if at a higher cost than city residents pay, but also seemed concerned with costs and other issues associated with moving forward with forming the SID.

No meeting has been scheduled as yet.

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