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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • City of Wellington seeks direction from community.

  • A public meeting to discuss the Wellington CIP is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 6 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium.
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  • What will Wellington be like in the next five years? That's the question City officials are hoping to answer with the help of the citizens during a public meeting on June 13.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium this Thursday, with the purpose of discussing the 2014 to 2019 Capital Improvement Plan. The CIP is a means of determining and implementing community values and goals. It is designed to encourage input from the townspeople through public meetings.
    This will allow elected and appointed officials the greatest opportunity to make effective decisions and utilize City resources to maximize the benefit for present and future citizens of Wellington.
    To see the complete list of projects included in the five-year plan, click on the pictures in the top-left part of the screen.
    Top 5 most expensive projects:
    Coming in at nearly $4.3 million is a project concerning electrical distribution and utilities, titled "Short Term Improvements - Phase One Construction." The wheels of this endeavor have already been set in motion, thanks to WestStar Energy's upgrades to their electrical loop.
    "The governing body approved the $800,000 outlay for the very first step of the four million-plus dollar project," said City Manager, Gus Collins. "It provides a new tie-in with WestStar on the East side of town." This has been in the works since 2007, but didn't make sense to move forward with until the electrical company rebuilt their transmission line.
    The afore mentioned 800K came out of the City's utility fund, a bond issue will be needed for rest for the cost, which will include running the lines, poles, and other equipment through town.
    That project is to be considered for 2014, the second most expensive CIP item is related to the first. It's titled "Long Term Improvements - Stage One," with a price of nearly $2.3 million, slated for 2017.
    "That completes the entire cycle," Collins sad. "It's just an upgrade to our aging infrastructure."
    The third and fourth most expensive projects listed in the CIP center around Wellington Municipal Airport. The five items alloted to the airport total over five million dollars. Thanks to a 90/10 split with the Federal Aviation Administration, Wellington would only pick up $524,614 of the grand total. That money is spread out from 2014 to 2018.
    "We're moving forward with an extension of our runway from 4,200 feet to 5,000, that will accommodate larger aircraft," Collins said. "...What we're showing there is it won't be done in one year." The improvements are necessary for airport growth; with them, the facility has the potential to bring in more revenue for the City.
    Rounding out the five, most costly CIP projects is the drilling of new water wells in 2017. The venture carries a price tag of $1.4 million.
    "The water study [completed earlier this year] did two things, it analyzed our existing water supply, and offered recommendations for improving and expanding our resources," Collins said.
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