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Centralia aldermen debate irrigation agreements

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:15 am

An audience of six outnumbered Centralia’s aldermen during the board’s December 16 meeting of the Centralia Board of Aldermen.

Centralia’s water and sewer infrastructure and the wetlands/irrigation system it supports were at the top of the agenda.

Gary Davis of Bartlett and West was first up and walked the aldermen into the topic as he upated them on the firm’s work with the plans to upgrade the city’s water plant. He said they were behind schedule due to delays in receiving approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on various aspects of the project.

Regarding the number of acres being irrigated via their wastewater plant, Davis said plans were to double the acreage irrigated.

“Budget-wise its within the bonding capacity your voters approved,” he said. “By March 1 2022 the water needs to be flowing through the upgrades. Design will occur in 2020, construction in 2021.”

He said the state has mandated a “phase 1 archeological study of the area.” #54 “It’s hundreds of acres.” He said it would involve any location “where dirt is going to be moved.”

Ward I’s Don Boorman wanted to know who is paying for new pivots. Davis said the city would, but the farmers receiving the irrigation would pay for the new basins. “This is a pretty good benefit for these famers,” he said. “They’re getting the benefit and we’re paying for it… Maybe they ought to be paying for the benefit of it… It’s costing the city a lot of money to put in these extra pivots and systems.”

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