Before winter comes, town officials in Orchard City hope to have completed a month-long program to rationalize their sprawling, outside-of-town water distribution enterprise.
The last five of the town's 38 private pipeline companies reached agreement with the town last week on submitting required paperwork and installing system upgrades.
Three of the companies were given extensions to complete compliance with the town's new rules for water service.
The Kehmeier Pipeline was given until Nov. 1 to complete required compliance on paperwork submissions and backflow prevention. Issues yet to be fully resolved between the two users on the pipeline have left the company's contract for service expired since July of last year.
Town Attorney Larry Beckner advised the trustees that the water users' private discussions were a "political" matter, and that the town board's policy role was to decide on whether to grant an extension, and if so how long of one.
The Bull Mesa Pipeline was given until Nov. 15 to work out details with the town public works department on technical issues for installing a required cross-system connection device.
The Steinmiller Pipeline was given a 30-day extension beyond the date of receiving a CDOT permit to perform system installation work within the CDOT right-of-way along Hwy. 65 north of Orchard City. The town is working with the pipeline users to help them get the CDOT permit.
One of four properties on the Steinmiller Pipeline is in foreclosure and another is likely soon to be, trustees were told. Trustees said they will grant leniency to the company for completing its articles of incorporation until ownership of the distressed properties is resolved.
Another private pipeline company, the Cox Pipeline, was granted until Nov. 15 to complete a system upgrade that will qualify it for being taken over by the town. Trustees voted to extend its upgrade and takeover program to the company, and to pay its share of half the materials cost, estimated at $1,651.
A fifth pipeline company had completed its required upgrade work and system documentation earlier in the week.
In other business at its Sept. 12 regular meeting, the town board noted the resignation of trustee Matt Soper. Letters from eligible applicants wanting appointment to the remainder of his two-year term that began in April are now being accepted at town hall. Mayor Don Suppes said that the trustees hope to appoint his successor at their October meeting.blog comments powered by Disqus