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District to decide $500,000 water revenue bond on Nov. 3

Election 2015: Rapid River Water & Sewer District

— RAPID RIVER – Patrons in the Rapid River Water and Sewer District will be deciding a $500,000 revenue bond in the Nov. 3 election to help fund proposed infrastructure improvements.

If approved, district patrons could see at minimum a $10 water rate increase, and construction on the approximately million-dollar project would tentatively start in fall 2016.

“The system needs to be refurbished,” said Pam Bogan, district secretary-treasurer, to come into compliance with Idaho DEQ standards and address aged and failing infrastructure.

According to Bogan and district president Tim Heath, the district proposes to replace its 22,000-plus-gallon water reservoir with a 120,000-gallon structure, drill a new well, and install approximately 1,700 feet of new water line and at least 10 fire hydrants.

“Our water tank is old and it’s leaking, a good 30,000 gallons a month,” Bogan said. “That’s a lot of water.” As well, water lines are leaking, and one of the districts two existing wells is not functioning properly.

Voters will be asked to approve the 40-year water revenue bond by simple majority, which if successful, the next step would be for the district to apply for federal grant funding. The current $29 water rate will be increased to pay for the bond; however, both Bogan and Heath said that amount is as yet undetermined, pending completion of system design plans and estimates of project costs.

“We haven’t raised our water rates for three years, which is a good thing,” Bogan said. Whatever the proposed rate increase will be, she said, it would not go into effect until construction starts.

“If it passes, and everybody agrees to agree, we’ll go on from there,” Heath said.

Originally formed in 1976 as a homeowners association, the district is currently managed by a five-person board that serves 50 residents approximately four miles south of Riggins.

Questions can be directed to either Bogan, 628-2394, or Heath, 469-0025.


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