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City and ASWUD close to agreement

By Staff | Apr 10, 2014

The Rugby City Council announced that it is close to agreements with the state and All Seasons Water Users District on water rights. The topic was discussed at Monday’s council meeting.

The council is expecting an additional 43 acre-feet to be released from abeyance to the city. The city has agreed to give 50 acre-feet of it’s current reserve to ASWUD and up to half of what the state grants Rugby.

If the estimate of 43 holds true, the council said it would round up and give 22 acre-feet for a total of 72 acre-feet to ASWUD, which has requested an additional 100 acre-feet. The transfer of that sum would be in exchange for rights to serve the Chalmers Addition residential area and the new Gooseneck Implement property, along with additional service area on the east and south sides of the city.

“When we get another release (from the state) we’ll try to give the remaining 28 (acre-feet), but nothing is signed yet,” said Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz, who serves as chairman of the Water, Sewers and Streets committee.

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