A8 , SUNDAY. MAY 31, 1998 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL T SALINA CITY COMMISSION City to consider funding water study $20,000 study would look at water demands over the next 50 years By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal As Salina's population grows, so does its need for water. A study to be considered Monday by the Salina City Commission will look at Kanopolis Reservoir and expansion of the city's wells in the Smoky Hill River valley south of Salina as future water sources, said Don Hoff, director of utilities. The commission will consider authorizing the $20,000 study at its meeting 4 p.m. Monday at the City-County Building. The study would look at Salina's projected population growth and water demands over the next 50 years, Hoff said. The cost difference between drilling new water wells and paying for the transportation and storage of water from Kanopolis will be reviewed, Hoff said. The quality of river water from the reservoir, once it's treated, is comparable to the quality of groundwater pumped from wells, Hoff said. T SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION City officials say the study is needed because water projects are more involved and take more planning than building a bridge or a street. Water from each of the sources requires different treatment. Groundwater tends to have a higher mineral content, and river water has more silt, he said. Unlike a bridge or a street, which can be constructed over a couple of years, water projects are more involved and take more planning, Hoff said, hence the need for the study. Fox bricks The commission will consider a request from Fox-Watson Theatre officials to sell engraved bricks for a sidewalk in front of the historic downtown theater to fund restoration efforts. The fund-raiser is a promotion in cooperation with the Red Baron Ambucs, which hope to raise $300,000 for the Fox restoration through the brick sales and a coupon book project. The Fox, which was opened in 1931 as a movie theater, was turned over last year to a nonprofit group that plans to restore the building to its original condition. The theater has been closed since 1987. The nonprofit group has not set a fund-raising goal for the restoration effort. Other business The commission also is scheduled to do the following: • Consider a property tax exemption for PowerAd, a company that manufactures scoring tables, press tables and signs for sporting events. The company plans to spend $200,000 to construct a building addition in the Airport Industrial Center and to purchase new equipment. The expansion is expected to create six new jobs. The tax abate- Commissioners cancel open forum, TV meeting By The Journal Staff • Saline County commissioners have canceled their regular Tuesday open forum and televised meeting this week but have scheduled discussions on a variety of topics. County commissioners meet from 9 a.m. until business is concluded Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 209 of the City-County Building. ^Scheduled appointments include: • 10 a.m. Monday — Discuss bids received for the sale of two fire trucks by Rural Fire District No. 1. • 10:30 a.m. Monday — Discuss an agreement between Saline County and the Kansas Department of Transportation for underwater inspection of bridges on North Hedville Road over the Saline River and on North Simpson Road over the Saline River. 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Tax not included in price ment will cost the local taxing bodies $8,513 over 10 years but create for those entities a $233,989 benefit. • Consider utility improvements on West State Street. • Consider a 30-day extension for Green Lantern to submit a site development plan for a rezoning application that would allow it to expand its convenience store and car wash facility at the corner of Ohio and Iron streets. • Consider a maintenance building extension. • Consider an agreement with Mowery Clinic for the placement of a communication cable in the public right-of-way. • Consider the annexation of Schilling Road and the Schilling drainage area from the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the east side of Ohio Street. • Consider construction of a new landfill cell and other improvements at the Salina Landfill. Costs are estimated at $2 million. DR. 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