Columbus will stand the cost of providing water service and sewer service to the new Coffeyville Community College facility.

The Columbus City Council approved paying the cost of getting water to the new facility. Noting that they could not provide sewer at this time because the property is not in the city.

 Cindy Harrold, Coffeyville Community College, appeared before the council requesting annexation into the city.

Harrold had met with the Water and Sewer Committee earlier asking the city to bring the city provided utilities to the building.

The cost of getting water to the building would be approximately $10,900. The city would have been required to install a water main (at the city’s expense) which would cost approximately $9,458, according to City Superintendent Jim Burton.

The council agreed to pick up the cost of running the lines necessary from the main to the property which would normally be charged to the property owner. This would be approximately $1,390.

Burton pointed out the costs are about 50-percent labor which the city would have if the project were not undertaken, and that many of the materials were in inventory. He indicated the city would have little cash outlay, until the items were replaced.

Burton also told the council that all of this happened after the budget had been approved, therefore none of the items had been budgeted.

Following the discussion about which account could be charged for the project the council approved putting an eight-inch main line extension, with fire plugs, lines to the property and waiving the water tap fees.

In other action the council approved a contract with Water Tower Maintenance in the amount of $27,467 for sandblasting and the painting of the interior of the water tower.

Four new volunteer fire fighters were appointed to the roster including Kale Killerman, Dillon Roberts, David Allen and David Swathwood. The resignation of Cody Burton was accepted from the department.

Talking Trash

City Attorney Barbara Wright was instructed by the council to draft an ordinance which would not allow city water customers to opt out of being charged for trash service.

A survey conducted on area cities, showed most charge every water customer for trash service, because of the difficulty of the drivers knowing who has trash service and who does not.