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.
Digging deeper into the candidate's company will slow down progress somewhat on the pipeline, which is already six months behind the initial schedule, but time is one of the few areas where the city has wiggle room, according to the city's engineering department.
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%.
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.
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.
Enid City Commission has a packed meeting on its plate Tuesday, including possible action on a number of Kaw Lake water pipeline project items and a vote on extending the downtown art project deadline.
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 approved transfer amount of $12.1 million from EMA to the Water Capital Improvement Fund will provide funding for phase three of the Kaw Lake water pipeline project.
Funding for Phase 3 of the Kaw Lake water pipeline project gets underway tonight if amendment passes muster of city commissioners tonight.
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"I think we all know Kaw Lake is the only long-term solution for the city's water issues. It's the best long-term solution. To get there, we need to satisfy that we can pay for it ..." — Jerald Gilbert, city manager
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A financial adviser says the city of Enid can afford a $315 million Kaw Lake water pipeline project, but a city commissioner is expressing concerns.
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The Enid City Commission recently accepted a preliminary design-based engineering cost estimate for the construction of a water pipeline from Kaw Lake.
"It's an enormous amount of money, but it is what it says it is, and that is a contingency in case we encounter something that substantially changes the program scope."
One month ago, the News & Eagle open-records requested electronic messages of the city commission and city manager from Sept. 1 and Nov. 4. The records have not been provided.
Some Enid city commissioners have mentioned putting an issue out for voters to consider a bond or tax increase, when it comes to funding.
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Enid City Commission will consider a firm to serve as program manager for the first phase of constructing a pipeline to receive water from Kaw Lake during a meeting tonight.
When officials were asked to participate in an Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study, Enid withdrew from Kaw Reservoir Authority and assumed the well fields west of town would last until at least 2050.
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The city of Enid will pursue building a pipeline to Kaw Lake for future water needs if city commissioners approve the plan at their meeting tonight.
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