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Russell City Council Meets with Hays City Commission for R9 Update

Russell City Council Meeting with Hays 4-12-18 1The Russell City Council met Thursday evening for a special meeting in Hays with the Hays City Commission for an update on the R9 Ranch water development process.

Together, Hays and Russell own the water rights to the R9 Ranch, which is a large wellfield in Edwards County near Kinsley.

The cities have owned the water rights for several years, but only recently have begun the development process.

The cities are continuing to work with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources (DWR) according to Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty.

Many of those irrigation wells have already been plugged and native grass has been introduced according to Burns and McDonnell Engineer Brian Meier.Russell City Council Meeting with Hays 4-12-18 2

Attorney David Traster with Foulston Siefkin provided an update on the timeline of the development process. He said the water transfer proceeding could last anywhere from 300 to 600 days.

Traster was asked by Russell Mayor Curt Mader if DWR is supportive of the project.

Dougherty agreed, adding even with some opposition from local land owners, the process is moving forward.

Before the Russell City Council traveled to Hays Thursday evening, they met briefly at the Russell City Building and approved a Dogwood capacity transaction agreement regarding electrical capacity.

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