(Published in The Gardner News on February 13, 2019)
TO: THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF OLATHE, KANSAS
You are hereby notified that the governing body of the City of Olathe, Kansas (the “Issuer”) intends to repair, alter, extend, reconstruct, enlarge or improve the water and sewer system (the “System”) owned and operated by the Issuer, as follows:
Fire Hydrant Replacement (5-C-030-19): The Fire Hydrant Replacement Project prioritizes the replacement of outdated, obsolete or failed fire hydrants throughout the City;
Neighborhood Sanitary Sewer Improvements (1-R-100-19 and 1-R-100-20): Replacement of sanitary sewers determined by inspection and/or maintenance history to be in poor or failing condition, resulting in increased operations and maintenance costs, an increase of extraneous flows, backups, overflows, and potentially reduced system capacity;
Sanitary Sewer Manhole Lining (1-C-026-18): The spray lining of more than 360 sanitary sewer manholes located throughout the City identified through manhole asset inspection as being subject to excessive corrosion;
Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation (I&I) (1-R-000-19 and 1-R-000-20): Groundwater infiltration and storm water inflow (I&I) program will systematically rehabilitate and replace sanitary sewer lines and manholes which have been identified and prioritized from asset maintenance inspections with the goal to reduce the amount of I&I flow into the sanitary sewer systems;
Vertical Well Field Improvements (5-C-031-18): Replacement of the City’s eight remaining vertical wells that were installed from 1976 to 1992 to maximize the capacity of the City’s aging vertical well field and to fully utilize the City’s water rights;
Waterline Rehabilitation (5-R-000-19 and 5-R-000-20): Repair, replacement, and rehabilitation of waterlines as identified through the asset management condition assessment evaluation process. This process incorporates criticality of location, age, material, corrosive soils, number of breaks per mile, capacity and history of leaks;
Lift Station Replacements (1-C-020-15): The rehabilitation and replacement of equipment for 11 sanitary sewer lift stations to improve overall operations and efficiency. The scope of work for this project is based on the results of a Lift Station Study that was completed in 2013. Projects include:
* 2018: Cedar Lake design
* 2019: Cedar Lake construction
* 2020: 95th Street and 111th Street
* 2021: Providence Village and Hedge Lane
* 2022: North Parker and North Woodland
Water Treatment Plant 2 Alternative Disinfection (5-C-004-16): Addition of a disinfection system to protect public health and safety and meet regulatory requirements. This will allow the water plant clearwells to return to the intended purpose of finished water storage. Includes installation of a new building to house the disinfection equipment; and
Water Treatment Plant 2 Basin Modification (5-C-025-16): Paint the interior of the above ground clearwell, the equipment in all four treatment basins and replace equipment in three existing basins. Includes hydraulic improvements to existing basins to improve treatment;
(collectively, the “Projects”) at an estimated cost of $32,000,000.
In order to finance the Projects and related bond reserves and financing costs, the governing body of the Issuer further intends to issue water and sewer system revenue bonds, in an amount not to exceed $32,000,000 (the “Bonds”) in one or more series under the authority of K.S.A. 101201 et seq. (the “Act”). The Bonds will not be general obligations of the Issuer payable from taxation, but shall be payable only from net revenues of the System. The proceeds of the Bonds will be used to pay the costs of the Projects and related bond reserves and financing costs.
This Notice shall be published one time in the official newspaper of the Issuer, and if within fifteen (15) days after the date of said publication there shall be filed with the Clerk, a written protest against the Projects or the issuance of the Bonds, signed by not less than twenty per cent (20%) of the qualified electors of the City, then the governing body shall submit such proposed Projects and the proposed Bonds to the electors of the Issuer at a special election to be called for that purpose as provided by the Act. If no sufficient protest is filed within said period of time, the governing body shall proceed with the Projects and the issuance of the Bonds.
DATED: February 6, 2019.
ATTEST: /s/ Michael E. Copeland, Mayor
/s/ Emily Vincent, City Clerk