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KEARNEY — A water main break outside Kearney City Hall at the intersection of Washington Street and Missouri Highway 33 meant aldermen had to give emergency authorization outside of a public meeting for tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs.

The estimate for the repair ranged from $36,7000 to $55,800 depending on the severity of the issue, according to the estimate from Decker Construction Services.

“He estimates $36,700 if he is able to pull the ductile iron from the casing, $55,800 if he has to open dig the whole distance,” said City Administrator Jim Eldridge of the two estimates.

Despite the break, Eldridge said no boil advisories were needed and no water line pressure issues resulted.

“We had to get emergency authorization because this line needs to be fixed to maintain good fire flows in that area,” he said.

After receiving majority approval from aldermen via email this week, work began Wednesday, July 29.

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