Department considers policy to cover partial cost of cul-de-sac island’s landscaping

Last updated: July 23. 2014 2:09PM - 454 Views
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The Sedalia Water Department may assume some landscaping costs in the event of a cul-de-sac water main repair, pending the passage of a policy change discussed at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting.

The issue arose from an incident in the Hunters Ridge subdivision earlier in the year where the break of a water main was repaired — causing some damage to an island in a cul-de-sac that had recently been landscaped.

Hunters Ridge Home Owners Association Member Linda Faulhaber approached the board during the June 25 meeting asking for a credit, as they just completed the landscaping recently and they were not aware the water main ran underneath it.

Board Vice-President Trish Yasger said she sympathized with Faulhaber, but if the Department pays for this, they would be opening themselves up to paying for more landscaping.

Board President Jack Robinson then asked if this were someone’s yard would the department replace the landscaping.

While in the past islands of this type had been considered no man’s land and the department had never replaced landscaping on those, board members said they would repair an individual’s yard as closely as possible if a water main break caused damage to it. This was the case in a recent water main break where sod was washed from a resident’s yard and the department replaced the sod.

Robinson then said he did not see a difference between private property and association property, and since the homeowners association had already paid to redo the island this was a reasonable request. Yasger said the board needed to be fiscally responsible, be a good neighbor, and asked what they could do to be both.

Thus, the members decided to draft a policy and credit the homeowners two months of service, which averages around $200 per month. The policy was presented, but was not was not passed at the Wednesday meeting. It is expected to be voted upon soon.

The draft policy states that should a cul-de-sac be covered with decorative landscaping the department will cover 50 percent, or an amount to be determined upon passage of the policy not to exceed $250, in the case of a break. A qualified landscaper must do the work.

Spring Fork Lake’s use as a water source was also briefly discussed at the meeting.

While no official action was taken on the lake, whose value as a supply source is questionable following an error that led to a diminishment of drinking water quality at customers’ taps for several days, it appears the shift to deep wells is already in the works. Dredging the lake does not seem to be an option as the costs could be millions of dollars.

Four potential sites for Water Supply Well No. 19 have been reviewed. All the sites are along South Grand Avenue adjacent to the existing flow line from Well No. 13 and Spring Fork Lake. Once a site has been selected, negotiations for the purchase will commence.

Field survey work has been completed and verified for the West Broadway Boulevard water line replacement project. Engineers Bartlett & West are currently researching construction costs to obtain an accurate project cost estimate.

Water revenues for June were $325,962, up from the previous month’s $300,125. Total expenses in June were $274,503, down $47,375 from May expenses of $321,878. Total assets for the department as of June 30 are $29,431,573, of which $4,293,684 are cash and investments.

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