A Wheaton school bond issue tops the list of Barry County election issues this April. Voters in Wheaton will be deciding a $1,136,258 bond issue that would be used to fund water system improvements.
The proposed plan will include construction of a 100,000-gallon standpipe that would double the city's current water storage capacity of 95,000 gallons. The city is currently served by a 75,000-gallon water tower and a 20,000-gallon water tower.
A fourth of the city's 45,000 feet of water line would also be replaced. According to Tom Moore, project engineer with Tri-State Engineering in Joplin who designed the proposed project, 11,000 feet of smaller-sized water line would be replaced with six-inch lines.
|Another aspect of the project calls for an aeration unit and a chlorination unit to be added to the larger water tower in an effort to address odor and residue in the water.|
Once completed, the project will improve water pressure, remove odor and iron residual from the water supply and increase fire protection capabilities with the addition of 12 new fire hydrants.
The bond issue proposed by the city does not involve a tax hike. By approving the bond issue, voters will be giving the city permission to sell bonds to provide financing for the water improvement projects. The bonds will be paid back through an increase in water rates.
The city is proposing to raise rates from $11 for the first 1,500 gallons of water used to $18 for the first 1,500 gallons. The cost of water for every 1,000 gallons over the first 1,500 would remain at $2.50 per 1,000 gallons.
Other election issues
* Two road districts, Exeter and Sugar Creek, are asking voters to approve tax levy extensions of the existing 13-cent levy. If approved, the levy would remain in place for four more years.
* Voters served by the Barry County Public Supply District #2 in the Crestwood West area in Shell Knob will decide a $575,000 bond issue to acquire, construct, extend and approve the subdivision's wastewater system.