“water Rates And You: A Town Hall Meeting” ScheduledTOPEKA, Kan. – The City of Topeka wants your input regarding solutions for reducing busting water mains and failing public sewer lines.
A public meeting titled “Water Rates and You: A Town Hall Meeting,” is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 6, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium, Rm. 101B. A City utility official will speak on the state of the City’s infrastructure, and a representative from the rate study consultant, Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., will speak on the rate study process and pricing objectives.
The audience will be invited to prioritize 13 objectives. The results will be immediately compiled and shared with the public at the meeting, and an interactive public discussion will follow.
“City underground infrastructure is failing at an increasing rate and will only get worse over time unless we step up our commitment to replacing old infrastructure,” Utilities Superintendent Don Rankin said. “We have solutions, but we need the public to be actively engaged in the discussion on how we fund those solutions.”
The City’s administration and City Council has worked to address water, wastewater and stormwater rates over the past year. A consultant was hired late last year to help the community take an objective look at the City’s unique set of circumstances.
Rankin will also present the information and possible solutions at the City Council work session on March 5th.