NEVADA, MO.--- Nevada city leaders approve relocating a city water main for Cottey College to build a multi-million dollar facility. In order to start construction on the new building, the largest water main in Nevada has to be completely removed.
"What the council did in order to accommodate Cottey's relatively aggressive construction schedule, is we took the contract with them to relocate that utility on an emergency basis and did both reads last night," said JD Kehrman, Nevada City Manager.
Nevada City Manager JD Kehrman says city leaders agreed to relocate the water main that currently runs through the center of Cottey's Campus.
"So what we have now is a contract moving forward that will allow Cottey to pay for the relocation of that large 16 inch main in a way that will not compromise our system in any way," said Kehrman.
It will allow Cottey College to build a nearly $10 million facility that's being funded from their $40 million campaign.
"We view the campaign as an opportunity to bridge to the future building on the success that we've experienced over the last five years," said Carla Farmer, Cotttey College Campaign Manager.
Cottey College's Campaign Manager Carla Farmer says the school is grateful for the city's approval because it allows them to move forward with construction this summer.
"The benefit of this new building to our students is that it will bring all of the performing arts together in one location in fine arts," said Farmer.
Before the building can be constructed, the new water main must be built, tested, and brought into service before the old line is shut off and capped.
"We were very careful using the city engineer to model various scenarios to ensure that this relocated line doesn't compromise our system in any way, should there every be any kind of failures or shut off necessary in the future," said Kehrman.
The new main will run east on Cherry Street, which is on the north side of Cottey's campus. It will eventually reconnect with the 12-inch water main on the south side of the school.
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