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PROJECT BEEN DISCUSSED ON AND OFF SINCE 2001

By Nate Gonner 7/3/2013

             A PROJECT THE AUBURN BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS HAS BEEN DISCUSSING FOR SEVERAL YEARS WILL BE THE FOCUS OF A PUBLIC HEARING THIS MONDAY AT AUBURN'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

 

              THE WEST WATERLINE PROJECT HAS BEEN AN ISSUE IN AUBURN BECAUSE OF LOW WATER PRESSURE SINCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRACE HILL AREA, AND THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS HAS BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS OF ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM ON AND OFF SINCE 2001.

 

              ACCORDING TO BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS MANAGER DAVE HUNTER, THE PROJECTS MAIN ROAD BLOCK HAS ALWAYS BEEN MONEY COSTING ROUGHLY 504,000-604,000 DOLLARS.

 

              RECENTLY, THE TERRACE HILL AREA WAS COLLECTING A TAX INCREMENT FINANCING OR TIF TAX ON THE PROPERTY THAT COULD BE USED TO HELP FUND THE PROJECT.

 

              HUNTER SAYS THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THE TIF TAX WILL ONLY GENERATE AN ESTIMATED 357 THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 15 YEARS, LEAVING THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS NEEDING TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO PAY FOR THE EXTRA 147 TO 247 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

              HUNTER AUDIO:

 

              THE PROBLEM WITH TAKING THE MONEY FROM THE ELECTRICAL RESERVES IS THAT MONEY IS SET ASIDE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY TO POWERLINES.

 

              ACCORDING TO THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE MANAGER MELLISSA SIRKS, AUBURN HAS 18 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF UNINSURED POWERLINES IN TOWN, AND THE ELECTRIC RESERVES HAVE OVER 4.5 MILLION TO COVER THOSE LINES IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

 

              THE PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING THE FUNDING ISSUE OF THE WEST WATERLINE PROJECT IS GOING TO BE HELD AT THE JULY MEETING OF THE AUBURN CITY COUNCIL, WHICH IS THIS MONDAY EVENING AT 7 O'CLOCK AT CITY HALL IN TOWN.

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