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Russell City Council Talks R9 Ranch, Water

Russell City Council Dec 2013The Russell City Council discussed Tuesday at its monthly work study session a letter of intent agreement between Russell and the City of Hays regarding the development of the R9 Ranch wellfield in Edwards County.

As is Russell, Hays is also actively looking for new and viable water sources to combat the effects of the ongoing drought. Hays has made the large wellfield near Kinsley, known as the R9 Ranch, as its target water source. Russell and Hays currently have a joint agreement to develop the source.

Russell City Manager Jon Quinday says the Council was presented Tuesday a letter of intent from Hays asking whether or not Russell is still on board.

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Councilman Tony Witt, who after not seeking re-election was speaking during his last meeting on the Council, says anything that moves Russell toward finding water sources is important to continue.

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No action was taken on the letter. Councilmembers requested Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty come to the April 15 Council meeting to further explain the agreement.

Also Tuesday, Councilmembers talked about possibly updating the city cemetery rules and regulations to maybe begin allowing above-ground urn tombs. No action was taken.

Connie Blanke of Russell PRIDE also presented a report regarding a recent clean-up project PRIDE was involved in. The Council commended PRIDE's work to help clean-up the city.

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