Toledo’s request “moderates” for school district funds to help pay for upsizing water line to Toledo High
It appears that the Toledo City Council may be backing away, somewhat, from it’s request that the Lincoln County School District pay for part of the costs of upsizing Toledo High School’s water line, to aid in fighting any fire at the facility. The council earlier caught wind that the school district paid for upsizing a similar water line for the new Waldport High School but had not offered funds to upsize the one to Toledo High.
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Toledo Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher said discussions with the school district have revealed that the Waldport Fire Marshal required the water line to Waldport High be made bigger than planned. And that a water pump boost station be added to the project. Net effect: A $350,000 bump up in the price of the new high school. School district officials told Grutzmacher that they had to subtract an equal amount out of the rest of the high school project which is currently being built.
The other part of the discussion centers around whether water system improvements to Toledo High School are solely because of the improvements to the high school. Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger told the city council Tuesday night that water line improvements in the Toledo High School area are related to a Sturdevant Road area water system improvement plan that’s been on the books for a long time, a plan that is still ongoing. The system upgrade will serve more homes yet to be built as well as improve overall water pressure in the area.
So, the council appeared to cool to the idea of trying to get the school district to write the city a check for upsizing the line to the high school, although not absolving the school of some financial obligation in the future – the amount to be determined at a later date.