A special town council meeting was held in Paonia on Friday, March 29, to approve the town's grant application to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The grant would provide funding for a new filtration system at the town's two-million-gallon water plant.
That plant would be updated with the same type of filtration system as installed at the one-million-gallon water plant.
The state changed its regulations in 2011, which meant the two-million-gallon water plant had to switch from a bag filtration system to the new filtration system.
The two-million-gallon water plant serves approximately 800 in-town residential water taps and 600 taps for users served by various out-of-town water companies.
On Thursday, March 28, Barbara Peterson, town clerk, Travis Loberg, public works director, and Cindy Jones, finance officer, met for a pre-grant application conference with the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA), which is part of DOLA. The CWRPDA provides below-market rate loans for municipal projects.
As they discussed financing options, DOLA explained they wanted to have bond applications by Monday, April 1. A decision will be made in August. The town was required by DOLA to get its energy and mineral impact assistance grant in on this cycle.
Town staff immediately went to work and completed the grant application in one day.
The trustees unanimously approved the DOLA grant application as presented with some minor changes.
Peterson drove the application to the DOLA office in Grand Junction on Monday.