The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Hotchkiss public works department and the town engineer have scheduled a tentative scoping meeting this Thursday at the fairgrounds concerning the Leonard Pathway. This trail would be the second phase of the enhancement project between the town and CDOT.
The first phase was the trail from Lorah Lane and along Highway 133 adjacent to Hotchkiss K-8.
At the Sept. 12 town council meeting, Joanne Fagan, town engineer, presented a report on the latest progress. Elyse Ackerman, the town's Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) representative, suggested the town split their application for the CDOT enhancement project, one for design and another for construction. This would move their application to "the top of the pack" according to Fagan. Ackerman assured Fagan that splitting the application would not diminish their opportunity to have construction funding.
The town's application is now just for design and a second application will be submitted to DOLA when they are closer to construction. They may apply for DOLA construction funding in December. If the intergovernmental agreement with CDOT is not ready this winter, the DOLA construction application will not be submitted until mid 2014.
"DOLA modified their evaluation criteria for energy impact funds. Now 'readiness to go' is a major element in the assessment," Fagan wrote in her report.
Concerning the water plant, Fagan noted, "The plant has been running well (knock on wood) and the levels of organics in the treated water have been within specified ranges for several months."
The public works department will do one more round of organics and disinfection by-products testing. If all goes well, the town will settle their accounts with Pall, the manufacturer of the water filtration system, and the project will be completed.blog comments powered by Disqus