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By Mike Scott
The City of Kahoka has approved a budget of over four million dollars for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The City expect to receive $4,610,000 in revenue, and plans to spend $4,333,900.
The General Revenue fund, which includes Kahoka’s city hall, fire department, police department, animal control, cemetery, and airport, expects $361,300 in revenue, and will spend $451,000.
The operations of the pool will generate $57,300 in revenue, and $49,800 in expenses.
The Street Department will receive $388,500 in revenue, and have an estimated $318,600 in expenses.
The Water and Sewer Department is budgeted to take in $842,000 in revenue, and have $582,100 in expenses.
Kahoka’s Electric Department will take in $2,954,600 in income, and have $2,929,700 in expenses.
The Cable Department will bring in $6400, and have $2000 in expenses. That revenue will come from the rental of the Vine Street building where the Yondoo internet services are based, as well as access to the city’s telephone poles. The expenses mostly for pole replacement.
The City of Kahoka also plans for a number of capital expenses. The largest budgeted capital expense is one million dollars for the water filtration project at the Wayland water plant. The plant will reduce the levels of iron and molybdenum in Kahoka’s water.
“At this point, we just plugged that number in,” said Kahoka Mayor Jerry Webber. “We don’t have a cost yet.”
Over the past several months, the city has been working with Five Points Engineering to develop a plan to improve the city’s water quality through filtration and aeration.
The city will also spend $60,000 on its ongoing owner-supervised waterline replacement project, which is now in its third phase. Since the work is done by city crews, most of that expense is for necessary materials.
Kahoka will also continue funding
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for two ongoing projects aimed to reduce discharges from the city’s sanitary sewer lagoon, which is permitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a “no discharge” lagoon.
The irrigation expansion project, which will expand the capacity of the city’s sanitary sewer lagoon by irrigating nearby farm fields with liquid from the lagoon, will cost $120,000 this year.
The city will also continue to address surface water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system, to reduce the amount of water reaching the lagoon. Kahoka will spend $125,000 this year with VISU-Sewer. Over the past several years, VISU-Sewer has mapped, tested and run cameras through Kahoka’s sanitary sewer system to identify breaks and other issues. Some of these problem have been repaired by city workers, while others have been repaired by VISU-Sewer. This year’s plan includes relining some of the existing sewer lines with a blown-in, inflatable membrane, and grout repairs at the joints between sections of pipe.
The city will also spend $100,000 on extending the sanitary sewer system to several locations, including the new dentist’s office, which will be built east of Dollar General, a residence on Walnut Street, and possibly to the Clark County Fairgrounds.
The Electric Department is budgeting $20,000 for a new recloser. A recloser is an automatic, high-voltage switch, similar to a circuit breaker. When a problem is detected, power is automatically cut off. The recloser then test the line, and if the problem was temporary, it will automatically reset and restore power.
The city has already approved the purchase of a new truck for the Street Department, in the amount of $33,900. It will be purchased from Kahoka Motor Company
Finally, the budget includes $3500 for office equipment for the Electric, Water and Street Departments.