Topeka City Council Delays Vote On $2.5 Million Water Main Replacement Plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It will be at least a week from Tuesday before the Topeka City Council decides on $2.5 million water main replacement plan.

It was set for a vote on Tuesday’s agenda.

Topeka's water system consists of about 850 miles of mains, most of them made of cast-iron, which city officials say is beginning to oxidize or rust.

The proposal called for funding to come from utility operating funds, bonds, notes or loans.

However, Councilman Andrew Gray proposed delaying the vote because he and fellow Councilman Chad Manspeaker are looking at avoiding the extra $1.5 million bond interests would add to the cost.

“We were discussing ideas where we can go ahead and be able to do these water main repairs and replacements and new ones without having to go increase or having to have the issue of bonds or increase in water rates,” said Gray.

The council is scheduled to vote on the plan next week.