The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously July 25 to move forward on a water line replacement project that should complete the elimination of most red and yellow water issues east of the Walnut River.

Residents who will be affected by the newest water line project live south of Madison Avenue, an area that has had brown and red water issues for some time.

A new 12-inch water line will be installed right up to the east side of the Walnut River bridge, for a cost not to exceed $124,278.

A future project will link the east and west sides of the river together, completing a redundant line to serve the Crestwood neighborhood.

Goddard-based Nowak Construction, which already has been in Ark City doing other water line projects, will be able to start the project soon. It is wrapping up work on Valley Road now, after previously completing the South Summit Street water line.

“To me, it makes sense to get this done now,” said Commissioner Charles Tweedy III.

“We won’t have to pay a setup fee — that’s 20-some-thousand dollars,” agreed Commissioner Jay Warren.

Funds for this project will come from the city’s Water Fund, which is funded by revenues from the sale of water.

The next commission meeting is Aug. 1.

In other business, the commission:

  • voted unanimously to set a public hearing for the 2018 budget during the regularly scheduled commission meeting Aug. 15.
  • unanimously voted to publish notice of the 2018 budget as presented. The proposed budget would be capped at 69.999 mills.