The new plant would increase capacity from 2.1 million to 4 million gallons - enough to handle growth over the next 10 to 25 years, Rinthen said. Schrader said the current plant is incapable having its capacity expanded.
The council voted unanimously to allow Rinthen to seek qualifications from engineering firms.
In other business, the council authorized Rinthen to negotiate a higher sale price of the city's garbage trucks to Legacy Carting. Legacy, who will take over garbage pickups in the city on Aug. 3, offered to buy Lancaster's 2000 and 2005 garbage trucks for a total of $60,000.
Councilman Chris Davis said Municipal Equipment had recently estimated the trucks' value at $68,000.
The council also:
* approved a yard sale weekend for Aug. 6-8, allowing Lancaster Citizens to hold yard sales on any of those three days without having to obtain a permit;
* approved spending $4,100 to resurface a stretch of road from Lancaster Elementary School's bus exit gate to the intersection of U.S. 27 and Maple Avenue;
* approved selling water wholesale to two local businessmen, Joe Leavel and Kenneth Yeakey, so they can open a water filling station in Lancaster;
* approved giving $650 to the Battle of Lancaster Committee to help pay for a battle reenactment weekend scheduled for Oct. 2-4; and
* discussed adding a crosswalk at the intersection of West Maple and North Paulding streets near Lancaster Elementary. Councilwoman Brenda Powers said it was only a matter of time until a child trying to cross the street would be hit.
Rinthen informed the council if they added a crosswalk they would also be required to bring the nearby sidewalks up to ADA compliance levels. The council agreed to see if the school system would be willing to split the cost of improving the sidewalks.
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Lancaster police by the numbers
Police Chief Ronnie Lamb's June report to the City Council
DUI arrests: 3Drug-related arrests: 9Alcohol intoxication arrests: 7Other arrests: 45Traffic offenses: 136Calls for service: 740Cases opened: 35Accident reports: 19