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The Rundown – City acquires land for new water tank

Post Date:08/28/2019 11:52 AM

The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. Aug. 27, 2019, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved the purchase of land from BNSF Railway and VAE Nortrak for construction of a new ground-level water storage tank and access easements on West First Street.

The existing 3.8 million-gallon water tank stores all of Newton’s drinking water before it is pumped to the City’s four elevated water towers. The storage tank, which was built in 1939, is now severely deteriorated and must be replaced.

The plan is to build one 1.9 million-gallon tank on the new piece of land before demolishing the existing tank and replacing it with a second 1.9 million-gallon tank. This will allow in the future for one tank to be taken down for maintenance and still leave the community with a steady water supply.

The City will pay $37,951.20 to BNSF and $1 to VAE Nortrak for the land.

The cost of the new tanks, including the land acquisition, is estimated at about $3.1 million. The City will pursue a low-interest loan from the State of Kansas, with loan payments to be made from water utility revenues.

Sunday sales

The Commission approved a resolution calling for Sunday liquor sales to be placed on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. In May the Commission had approved the sale of alcohol in Newton on Sundays and certain holidays, but a valid protest petition was filed with Harvey County calling for a public vote.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized the Junior Legion Baseball team that recently competed at State in Topeka.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Terminated a lease agreement with Kansas Chemical Coatings for the ABI building and hangar at Newton City/County Airport, and approved a proposal from NAI Martens for marketing and brokerage services for the ABI building. Fee for the one-year agreement is 6 percent of the gross sale or lease of the property.
  2. Authorized the extension of water lines to serve Newton City/County Airport and authorized City staff to set a bid date.
  3. Approved the closure of West Fifth Street and Plum Street on Sept. 28 for the Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K.
  4. Approved a temporary alcohol permit for the United Way Chili Cook-off on Sept. 28.
  5. Appointed Jean Butts, Julian Gonzalez-Salamanca, Barbara Lee, Greg Nickel, Marvin Rice and David Yoder to the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel.
  6. Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 for creation of a Rural Housing Incentive District near 24th Street and Anderson for the Newton Estates senior housing development.
  7. Approved a resolution of intent to issue Hospital Revenue Bonds on behalf of Newton Medical Center for a planned renovation project.
  8. Received a resolution declaring the Wichita City Council’s intent to issue Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds for Presbyterian Manors Inc.
  9. Received information from Newton Schools Superintendent Deb Hamm about the Sept. 3 bond election.
  10. Adopted the Kansas Homeland Security Region G Hazard Mitigation Plan.


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