It may be hard to imagine irrigation water to the Cedaredge Cemetery being shut off. The cemetery is a focus of family unity, of community pride and of historic interest.
But the Cedaredge Town Board during two meetings last month discussed the possibility of trying to shut off the cemetery's water.
At both their May 9 work session and their May 16 regular meeting, trustees and administration openly discussed the option. The reason is the absence of a new, formal, written agreement for water sharing with the town.
The Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Cemetery have operated under an irrigation water sharing agreement for many years. The origins of that cooperation date back to when there was no separate cemetery district and its operation was a town function. The town and the cemetery share a common source of irrigation water which the cemetery uses in the daytime and the town uses at night for the golf course.
The town administration and trustees late last year proposed a new written agreement for sharing water and sent it to the cemetery board for signature. But now, several months later the town is still without a signed agreement.
In addition to not having heard back about the agreement, during their May 9 work session trustees heard complaints from town staff of unauthorized charges for legal consultation being levied to the town for consultations on the agreement.
The time has come for a face-to-face pow wow with members of the cemetery district board, trustees have decided. The town board directed the town administrator to send a certified letter to the cemetery district about the unsigned agreement and ask for a face-to-face meeting. Hopefully that will lead to a resolution of any outstanding issues.blog comments powered by Disqus