Trustee asks about bridge project

By Hank Lohmeyer

The Jay Avenue bridge replacement project was a topic of short discussion at a Dec. 1 Cedaredge work session when trustee Larry Smith asked for an update.

"What's going on with the Jay Avenue bridge," he asked Town Administrator Katie Sickles.

Sickles replied that a meeting had been scheduled "to discuss concerns that have come up."

Smith asked, "What does that mean?"

Sickles replied with the same response.

No date or time of the meeting was announced. The Jay Avenue bridge project is the replacement of a one-lane span over Surface Creek. The project has grant funding and funding from the town. Trustees reviewed contract paperwork for the project at a recent meeting. Originally, officials had hoped the project would be completed by the end of this year.

In other matters at the work session on Dec. 1, town trustees also discussed:

• The board is scheduled to consider action on ordinances dealing with public urination and the allowable size of blades on carry knives.

• Staff announced that a plan to refinance a current water line loan from USDA Rural development by year's end has stalled. Instead, trustees are to consider a "reimbursement resolution." It will provide funds to buy out the 20 percent interest that Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association owns in the town's water collection and treatment facility.

• Staff announced a $20,000 DOLA grant has been approved to pay partial costs of a study on new water and sewer rate.

• Removal of sludge from the old sewage lagoons will cost $125,000, it was announced.

• A new golf course superintendent was introduced to trustees. He is Steve Phillips from Dayton, Ohio.

• Trustees are to consider a series of budget resolutions at their December meeting, which has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8.