On Aug. 23, 2016, voters approved a three-quarter percent sales tax, and the extension of an existing one-quarter percent sales tax, to fund a project to include the pipeline to Kaw Lake, pump stations, storage areas, a water treatment plant and intake structures. More than 68 percent voted in favor of the project, which had an estimated cost of around $360 million at the time of the election. Now estimated to cost $315 million, the project is expected to be completed in 2023.

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The distance between Kaw Lake and a planned water treatment plant to be built on the west side of Enid is 70 miles. According to the project manager, 60% of the landowners in the pipeline’s footprint have, at the very least, been contacted about selling impacted property, and offers still are being prepared for the other 40%.

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Robert Hitt and Murali Katta-Muddanna, of the city's engineering department, said the project is in its third phase of four, which includes final design, land acquisition, environmental permitting and bid documents.

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Now, 3 percent of landowners have accepted offers, 17 percent have been made offers and are pending acceptance, 21 percent of property owners have been notified of a pending offer delivery and the remaining 59 percent remain to be notified.

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On the agenda for approval is a resolution allowing City Manager Jerald Gilbert to "make all necessary actions to provide payment for purchase of permanent and temporary easements and real property from landowners in connection with the Kaw Lake water supply project." 

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The important thing about loving your hometown is showing you love it by not just being content to go to work every day and go home at night, but volunteering, committing, working for the future so that the mayor next year can stand up here and read even more of what we've done." — Former Gov. George Nigh

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The city of Enid received an unmodified opinion on it's fiscal year 2016-17 financial audit, Enid City Commission learned Thursday. 

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ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid operates on two main sources of revenue: sales tax and utility fees.

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In a meeting Thursday evening, the Kaw Lake Funding Oversight Committee appointed officers and gave several financial updates on the Kaw Lake …

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FAIRVIEW — Nitrates in water was the topic of discussion Thursday at a Northwest Oklahoma Water Action Team workshop in Fairview. 

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Kaw Lake Pipeline: There is no geologic or hydro-geologic necessity. I know the climate, geology, and hydrogeology of north-central Oklahoma. …

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Enid City Commission has authorized an August election for voters to decide on a sales tax increase to fund the Kaw Lake water pipeline project. 

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Enid City Commission will finance $5.02 million in projects and fund some previously cut projects — including Enid Trail System improvements —…

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ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission approved a list of budget cuts during a lengthy meeting Tuesday but could not reach an agreement on financi…

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Despite the excessive rainfall recently, Enid has yet to break out of drought conditions or onto the precipitation record board.

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A dam would be good for recreation and would help the area. I think the right of way would be a lot cheaper.

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It looks as if the citizens will have to pay for a pipeline from Kaw Lake once city officials are through with their campaign of reasons.

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“If we focus all our dollars on the rebuilding of infrastructure under-city, we could spend hundreds of millions of dollars replacing pipes under existing structures. You’d have to tear up half the town." — Dr. David Vanhooser, Ward 6 city commissioner. | Traducción disponible ya en español 

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