News that there's a problem with the Kansas City water
line attached to the Sharp's Station Bridge may be bad
news for Kansas City, but not for the City of Dearborn.
The line allowsor will eventually allowKansas
City to furnish water to areas in northern Platte County,
including Dearborn. But Dearborn hasn't completed its
preparations to connect to Kansas City, so the delay will
not negatively impact Dearborn.
"If anything, it means we won't have to make a $4,000
a month payment for awhile," Mayor Marvin Landes
Once Kansas City has its water line to the Dearborn city
limits, Dearborn must start making monthly payments on
the cost of the line. Additional payments to Kansas City
will be necessary when Dearborn starts using Kansas City
Landes said his city's engineer has told him the Kansas
City water line won't pass the stress test due to improper
lengths of pipe that were used.
Meanwhile, Dearborn is waiting on Kansas City to ship
materials to finish the inside the city limits portion
of the connection.
"We're buying materials through them in order to
save money," Landes said.
In other business at an aldermen meeting Monday night,
the Dearborn board indicated it wants to make a change
in its water ordinance that would allow the city to shut
off delinquent customers sooner than presently allowed.
Landes said the board wants to update the ordinance to
allow the city to shut off customers who are one month
delinquent. Presently, customers can get almost 90 days
behind before the city can disconnect service, he explained.