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Bond issue goes to voters Tuesday in Chilhowee

August 1, 2014

By Kelly Melies, The Daily Star-Journal, Warrensburg, Mo.



Aug. 01--CHILHOWEE -- A revenue bond issue on the Aug. 5 ballot could impact the city greatly if not approved.

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At a public hearing held Wednesday at City Hall to discuss the issue, Meco senior engineer Leland Neher said the company has worked with the city on the issue.

He said the project would be funded through U. S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources grants and loans worth $975,000.

"Our recommendation is to find some land and irrigate it so you won't have to have a DNR discharge permit," Neher said.

The wastewater and sewer systems are in need of repairs. If the bond issue passes, work would include building a storage cell, piping and a central pivot point for the new irrigation system to operate.

Mayor Jack Campbell said the objective is to talk to area landowners to acquire land for the project. The city discussed Wednesday where the project would begin and which direction to run the piping.

"We're kind of up the creek if we can't get the land," Campbell said.

City officials agreed government funding is the way to go.

If the bond issue fails, the city would have to consider more costly alternatives, which could mean less grant money, more loan money and a possible sewer rate hike, a fact sheet provided by Neher states.

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