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Patrick Cox, senior project manager for BG Consultants, Inc., presents information on a proposed sewer project at the Carbondale town hall meeting March 4.

Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council took its first official action Monday following months of planning for a city-wide sewer rehabilitation project.

The council unanimously authorized Carbondale Mayor Ruth Town and Carbondale City Clerk Sandy Schiffelbein to enter into a contract with BG Consultants, Inc. The city also authorized BG Consultants to amend the preliminary report and begin negotiation with state funding agencies on the city’s behalf. The contracts are all contingent on the city receiving the funding to pay for the project.

“These are standard forms,” said Carbondale City Attorney Sue DeVoe. “If nothing comes through, the city’s not obligated to anything.”

Patrick Cox, senior project engineer for BG Consultants, told the council he would begin talking to state agencies, including Kansas Rural Development, Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Tuesday. The city will seek a combination of grants and loans to pay for the $3,681,798 project, which Cox estimated would raise the average user’s monthly sewer bill from $26.28 to around $43.

Cox told the council the next step would be a meeting between state agencies, engineers and the city in April.

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