A new pressurized water system for the Royal Ann Estates subdivision off Olympia Street will cost 63 residents about $140 each this summer.
The Kennewick Irrigation District board of directors approved the local improvement district assessment Tuesday, with the shared cost of $8,856 to be paid in two installments.
The cost will be in addition to each homeowner's normal irrigation assessments, which have been from $100 to $120.
KID engineer Jason McShane told the board it was important to approve the assessments quickly so the billings could be included with the 2012 assessments due in April and October.
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The relatively low cost for the improved service is because the developer installed the piping system when what had been orchard property originally was subdivided for residential development.
-- Three people were selected to be on KID's newly formed planning committee. Ben Floyd will fill position 3, and Fred Artz will be in position 4. Both expire in 2015.
Barbara Fangman was selected for position 5, which expires in 2016.
KID Director John Jaksch abstained in voting for Floyd because he previously said he and Floyd were acquainted through the Benton County Conservancy Board.
Floyd told KID officials at his interview in February that he could have potential conflicts of interest because of having an on-call contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
-- Foster Pepper was selected to be KID's bond counsel in arranging financing for constructing a water system to serve the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area.
The district anticipates needing to finance about $12 million to $15 million through bonds, which are critical for completing the project. KID also is looking to receive up to $10 million more from the state Department of Ecology for the project.
-- The board voted to spend no more than $82,500 to seal joints in the concrete-lined main canal for about one-third of a mile near Interstate 82 and Yakitat Road near Benton City.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will provide $30,000 and KID must match with $45,000.
There could be up to $7,500 needed because of rapidly increasing fuel and materials costs, said McShane, who is the project engineer.
-- John Trumbo: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org