Bend City Manager Eric King said the city is absolutely not attempting to block future councils and, indeed, future councils will still make decisions about what kind of filtration system to build to ensure the city's surface water is clean.
will also decide on whether to build a hydropower plant to capture the energy of water flowing through the pipe.
added that the city council made the decision to move forward with installing the pipe several months ago but was unable to obtain a special use permit from the Forest Service to begin work until now because of appeals to the project.
"The election cycle is not driving this," said King
"We are not rushing to complete [the project]."
said that the city has weighed the risks and determined that it could be more expensive to wait to do the project because the city has a contract with a company named Mortenson Construction to lay the pipe for a maximum price now, he
That maximum price is $23.3 million according to court documents.
"Our job as staff is to analyze risk and present that to council," said King
The city has now gotten an extension of that deadline to 2014, said King