Wellsville considers pressurized irrigation system to save money
By Liz Maudsley
"The longer we wait, the more it's going to cost us," said Mayor Ruth Maughan Wednesday night at the city council meeting. "It's going to be an expense in the beginning, but in the long run it will be a savings."
The council consulted with Irrigation Company Board President Arlyn Brenchley about the feasibility of investing in an irrigation system.
"We met Thursday with the Water Board, and there were very few in favor of the water system," Brenchley said.
Brenchley said Wellsville has enough gravity flow to make the pressurized system work and pumps could be installed to increase pressure where gravity isn't available. He also said the pipes would have to be sized adequately to handle the water pressure.
"There are certain regulations you have to meet," said City Manager Don Hartle.
Councilman Kent Brenchley expressed his concern about the cost of the irrigation system.
"I think it would be impossible to fund," he said.
The council debated as to whether or not the city could afford the new system.
"It would be $4,600 for the initial cost and $90 a year for operation plus water," said Deputy Recorder Michelle Erickson.
Councilman Lynn Cooper said there are too many fixed income people in Wellsville to accommodate the new irrigation system.
"I sit down and look at the two places that I've got and there is no way I can afford that," Arlyn Brenchley said.
The council also considered allowing Wellsville citizens to vote on the issue.
" The concern we had is, 'Do we need the citizens input? Do we need the community involved in this decision?'" Kent Brenchley said.
"I think we need to have a plan before the citizens get involved," Arlyn Brenchley said, and Mayor Maughan agreed.
"I definitely do too," she said.
The issue was tabled until next week, and Arlyn Brenchley was asked to research the irrigation system more thoroughly.
The council also:
€Waived curb and gutter requirements for property owner Lex Smith's subdivision on 900 S. 200 East.
€Appointed four new members to the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee. The new commissioners are Ted Hall, Ruth Hall, Keith Call and Thelma Call.
€Approved two new street lamps to go on the corners of 200 E. 700
South and 150 E. 600 North.