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The Orchard City Town Board agreed at its July 13 meeting to participate in developing a hazard mitigation plan for the county.

The request to participate was made by county emergency manager Jeff Wright. He told the trustees that the deadline for participation was that same evening. All other municipalities had agreed to participate, he said.

The county's previous hazard mitigation plan had expired, Wright said. He told the Orchard City trustees that municipal participation was strongly encouraged. The town's participation involves having a representative attend meetings and give input to the plan. The town's agreement to participate did not carry any promise for funding.

The hazard mitigation planning process is described as "understanding of the risks that a community faces, and an opportunity to coordinate risk reduction efforts with other planning initiatives such as comprehensive plans, capital improvement plans, emergency operations plans, and community wildfire protection plans." The process is "required for counties that wish to apply for pre-disaster mitigation grants or post-disaster grants." The county has received a grant of $70,000 to develop a county-wide plan, Wright said.

Participation in the hazard mitigation plan is a requirement for having federal disaster relief funds also available to the town in the event of a catastrophe. That requirement also played a role in a second action taken by the Orchard City town trustees on July 13. They approved an ordinance on floodplain regulations which state official told the town would be necessary to adopt if they want to qualify for federal disaster relief funds. Also, without the ordinance, residents in Orchard City would not be able to purchase flood insurance.

In other business during their July 13 meeting, the Orchard City town trustees dealt with the following:

• The trustees approved donating water from six shares of its 15 total shares in Surface Creek Ditch and Reservoir Company for use by the Eckert and Cory cemeteries.

• Trustees expressed hope that funds could be forthcoming for a rest room remodel for the concession stand building at the Field of Dreams. Funding source through the county was said possible. The Town and Field of Dreams organization have been making progress on a "wish list" of improvements at the facility, staff noted.

• Trustees affirmed that the town will proceed with crack sealing on Marshall's Road, Fox Ridge Road, and Saddle Ridge Road. A total of $15,000 has been budgeted for the work.

• The pump that waters Town Park was down for almost a week and had to be rebuilt at a cost of approximately $1,350. The pump had sucked up rocks and was running at low efficiency. The lines that bring water to the pump are suspected of failing, allowing rocks to enter the impeller chamber.

• The trustee water committee reported that a large leak is suspected somewhere on the town's East Main line. The line will be walked to find the breach.

• Lisa Martinez and Frank St. Peter of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce attended the trustee meeting. They asked the town to purchase either a $300 or $1,000 membership.

• The town board approved resubdivision of lot 2 of the Grant subdivision.

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