The Ford County Commission cleared the way Tuesday for Dodge City to move forward with plans for a new pump station.

    The commission voted unanimously to grant a conditional use permit for the pump station, which will be located in the Trails North subdivision.


    The Ford County Commission cleared the way Tuesday for Dodge City to move forward with plans for a new pump station.
    The commission voted unanimously to grant a conditional use permit for the pump station, which will be located in the Trails North subdivision.
    Commission Chairman Kim Goodnight said he appreciated city officials’ willingness to discuss the project with Trails North homeowners.
    “We had a lot of good discussions about the homeowners’ concerns,” he said.
    Dodge City sought the permit for a pump station and sewer lines in the subdivision, located on Avenue A outside the north city limits. The city needs the station and sewer lines to accommodate the new wastewater reclamation plant, located just north of town.
    The plant was designed to handle wastewater from the Boot Hill Casino and Resort complex and future development in north Dodge.
    The county commission postponed a decision on the permit for nearly a month, giving city officials time to discuss road maintenance and other issues with Trails North homeowners.
    The homeowners drew up a list of six conditions they wanted to see in a formal agreement for the pump station, said Joe Finley, director of engineering services for the city. Those conditions were:
    • Maintain landscaping around the station.
    • No permanent fence around the station.
    • No overhead parking-lot-style lighting.
    • Maintain the Chisholm Trail access road in at least its current condition during construction. Once construction is finished, Dodge Township will be required to maintain the road.
    • Grade the site to provide positive drainage.
    • The city will not use the station as a permanent storage site, but it may use the station to store supplies for routine maintenance or repairs.
    Finley thanked Goodnight for coordinating the recent meeting with the homeowners.
    “I think that gave us a better understanding for all parties,” he said.
    Commissioner Terry Williams said he was glad city officials and homeowners reached an agreement.
    “Getting together and visiting and working it out — that helps,” he said.