Cedaredge residents have answered the call of their town government to find ways for voluntarily cutting back on water usage in response to the town's Stage I drought declaration.
But people are conserving so much water that revenue from water sales is down enough to make trustees take notice.
The August financial report given during the town board's Aug. 15 meeting showed that user revenues for water are down last month by $15,334. On an annualized basis, the town budget predicts about $44,000 per month in water user fees for 2013.
In other business, the Cedaredge trustees dealt with the following matters:
• Trustees approved a resolution raising the maximum allowable municipal court fine from $1,000 to $2,650. The levy of fines is the sole and exclusive province of Cedaredge's municipal judge.
• The trustees received a state-issued time line for complying with the town's sewer treatment effluent requirements. According to the schedule presented to the board and revised on Aug. 27, the town has until July 1, 2018, to have construction of a new sewer treatment plant completed and the new plant on line.
Though the new sewer plant project has remained in its early planning stages for well over a year, public works director Dave Smith said the town "is ahead of the curve on most things" required by the compliance schedule.
• Golf pro Larry Murphy told the board that a lot of time has been spent on repair and maintenance of the sprinkler system at the golf course. He said that five people had been working all week long. The problem is caused by a lack of filter element for the incoming ditch-sourced irrigation water. Silt making its way into the lines plugs sprinkler heads and small rocks can damage them.
• Stated cost of the town's enhancement project at Grand Mesa Drive ant Main Street scheduled for 2014 has gone from about $250,000 to over $400,000. The $250,000 is a grant from CDOT. There is also about $50,000 of matching town funds needed for the work. Just announced is the town's bid for another $100,000 grant for the project.
• Trustees gave final approval to the Sarver subdivision.blog comments powered by Disqus