Cedaredge, water association headed to arbitration

By Hank Lohmeyer


The Cedaredge Board of Trustees meeting in special session on Jan. 14 authorized the town administrator and Trustee Ray Hanson to participate in a court-ordered arbitration (or mediation) with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC).

A dispute between the town and the private domestic water provider has gone in court over the past year.

Their differences involve the USC's claim to 20 percent ownership of the tanks, property (including buildings) spring collection system, and attendant infrastructures of the town's water collection and treatment system. The ownership claims date back to the time more than a decade ago when the two water providers shared facilities. USC has since constructed its own water treatment facilities to supply its customers in Upper Surface Creek, Cedar Mesa and Redlands Mesa.

It was stated at the trustee meeting that the arbitration is not binding, and that if agreement is not reached between the two parties, a judge will decide the matter.

In a separate matter discussed at the town board's session, trustees have extended the deadline to receive "concept plans" for taking over management and operations of the restaurant facilities at the Cedaredge Golf Course clubhouse.

During a discussion of the now-shuttered restaurant, trustees also said they wanted to investigate whether obtaining some professional help in "marketing" the property to prospective operators would help. Trustees discussed possibly trying to market the restaurant management/operation in a "wider area" including other parts of the state.

In the course of their deliberations, trustees also heard anecdotal reports from the course superintendant about other courses in the area that have had unprofitable experiences trying to use municipal staff or golf course personnel to run a food service operations.

It was noted that Tiara Rado in Grand Junction seems to have a successful restaurant operation. But then it was also noted that the Grand Junction course has a much larger population base close by to support it.

The new deadline discussed will be Feb. 11 when the trustees have their next scheduled work session and will be able to review any profit-making ideas or money-making "concept plans" that people may have brought forward by that time.