Dodge City officials took advantage Monday of a chance to refinance about $16.08 million in bonds for the south wastewater treatment plant.


     Dodge City officials took advantage Monday of a chance to refinance about $16.08 million in bonds for the south wastewater treatment plant.
     The Dodge City Commission authorized the city to refinance revenue bonds for the plant into general obligation bonds, which will mean a better interest rate for the city, according to information from City Hall. The city will also save about $200,000 a year on payments between 2012 and 2023, when the bonds mature.
     The city will use the bond debt reserve to pay down the amount of bonds to be issued.
     A resolution authorizing the change will be published for two weeks in the Daily Globe, and a 20-day protest period will follow the last date of publication, according to City Hall. If the city does not receive any protests, it will continue with refunding the bonds.
     The city issued the bonds to finance the expansion of the plant, located 13 miles south of Dodge on U.S. Highway 283, and add water wells at the site.
     In other business, the commission:
     • Approved a $697,260 bid from Utility Contractors Inc. to build a transmission line for the new wastewater reclamation plant, which will ship reclaimed water to the Mariah Hills Golf Course pond for irrigation.
     A low-interest loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide funding for the project.
     The new plant, located just north of town, will be up and running sometime in October, said public information director Jane Longmeyer.
     • Approved a $61,970 bid from JAG Construction to replace the concrete base and reinstall brick pavers on Cedar Street.
     A 16-inch water line broke at Fourth Avenue and Cedar on Sept. 5, causing water to flow under the bricks, according to City Hall. Officials believe the water undermined the concrete and sand base and dislodged the bricks in many areas, making the street impassable.
Funding for the project will come from the Special Streets and Water Funds. And since city officials did not anticipate repairing Cedar, some of the street projects on the city's to-do list may be delayed until next year.
     JAG expects to begin work on Sept. 29 and has 30 calendar days to finish the project.

     Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or email him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.