The Unified Government Commission tonight authorized a $19.89 million loan from the state of Kansas to the UG in order to comply with a federal consent decree for its sewers.
The loan will be used for engineering studies and sewer improvements, according to UG agenda documents. The commission did not discuss the loan at the meeting tonight.
The UG is under a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice for the wastewater treatment project.
The loan will go through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
According to the ordinance passed tonight, the loan will be used to develop an integrated overflow control program to address combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows in the UG’s service area. Also, there will be work done on sewer system rehabilitation and repair and other collection system projects.
As outlined by the ordinance, the projects that are included:
- “Study, design and construction activities for combined and separate sewer system rehabilitation and repair projects.
- “Study, design and construction activities for sewer separation projects within the
- combined sewer system to eliminate or reduce CSOs (combined sewer overflows).
- “Implementation of studies, design and disconnection of public sources of infiltration and inflow in the collection system.
- “Implementation of a "Green" Pilot project to determine the benefits of incorporating green infrastructure in the IOCP (integrated overflow control program) to address wet weather flows.
- “Engineering services for the Overflow Control Program management.
- “Sanitary sewer evaluation studies (SSES), flow monitoring and hydraulic modeling in the combined sewer system basins to develop specific overflow control plans.”
The combined sewer system is in eastern Kansas City, Kan., from the state line to I-635, bounded by the Missouri River on the north and the Johnson County line on the south. The UG’s separate sanitary sewer system is from I-635 west to K-7, from the Missouri River to the Kansas River or to the Johnson County line.
In another issue tonight, the UG Legal Department requested a delay in the appeal of a denial of a liquor license by Martita’s Club, 4960 State Ave., owned by Medina Enterprises.
Ken Moore, of the UG legal staff, said he was told yesterday by the counsel for the applicant that the applicant believes the UG ordinance is in conflict with the state law.
According to UG officials, the state law was changed on July 1, and there may be some differences in the existing UG ordinance and the state law about the requirements that liquor license applicants must meet.
Moore asked for more time to research this issue, and it is possible the Legal Department may get back to the commission with some changes in the local ordinance later.
The appeal of the UG’s denial of the liquor license was delayed until a later meeting.
Also at the meeting, Bob Roddy, director of public works, gave an overview of his department.