Cedaredge town staff updated trustees on activities as 2015 came to a close. The following excerpts on activities are taken from recent reports that have been submitted by staff.
As summer came to a close, the department finished its project on Sliderock Reservoir.
Toward the end of the project the cold and snow were getting very close. The headgate rod and gage rod were put in place. After that the work on the weir and stilling pond began. The job required forming and pouring the wing walls and on the last day of the project, the reservoir was filling and the snow had arrived.
The work that was done on Calumet Reservoir was very helpful. The stilling pond is bigger and the dam is now wider and smoother. Big thanks from the public works department to Richard Beldon and all the guys who worked on this project to make it a success.
Town staff has been in contact with USDA regarding funding for waterline replacement. The move was due to the lack of funding for the SE Greenwood waterline replacement and the major cost for replacement of the waterline along the east side of Highway 65.
Many of the major commerce locations fed by the waterline east of Highway 65 have to be shut off for waterline breaks along SE Greenwood and SE Frontier. Replacing the three waterline areas would considerably reduce the risk of a major catastrophe to many of the commercial businesses that rely on water service for customer service. The project is roughly estimated at $750,000. It is unknown at this time [mid December] what amount will be requested from USDA.
In need of replacement first is 1,300 feet on SE Greenwood. Second is the waterline from Centennial to Independence along the east side of Highway 65, 2,500 feet of which is located under a natural gas line, telecommunications and the Grand Mesa Trail. Third is SE Frontier, 1,200 feet/ The estimated costs are $165,000, $495,000 and $90,000, respectively.
USDA provides grants with loan funds. The goal is to discuss the three waterline projects with USDA and determine what options are available. By January or February staff hopes to bring the USDA available options to the trustees.
Grant request for
Jay Avenue bridge/
town financial strength
The Town of Cedaredge has the ability to complete this project and has demonstrated this ability in the $4 million waterline project, 2005-2008, $750,000 SW Centennial Plaza project in 2007-2008,; the $500,000 skate Park project in 2006-2007; the $1 million dollar West Main Street improvement in 2013; and, the $5 million wastewater treatment facility construction to be complete in 2016.
We have purchased two wi-fi real time cameras that we will mount outside Town Hall. This is so Jerry and I can look from our phones at home to see the snow fall amount. This will help us determine when it's time to plow. We will have one mounted so we can see east down Main St. from Town Hall and we will have one by the back door focused on a ruler so we can see depth. This will also be added security for Town Hall.
The town had an exceptional year for replacing water meters. The water department replaced a total of 82 meters or meter registers this year. We had one new install this year compared to six in 2014. By modifying the read routes this summer and training more people how to read meters we have been able bring down the amount of time it takes to read meters to two days (if all equipment is working properly).
A group of pickleball players attended a joint meeting and emphasized that previous letters [written to the town] regarding pickleball did not represent their group.
They were enjoying playing pickle ball and were looking for ways to set up their courts more efficiently, including paying half to stripe two pickleball courts. They would like to purchase a lock box and house the box at the Town Park within the vicinity of the tennis courts.
The pickleball group has an email distribution list of 43; 10 weekly players (give or take) and of the 43 no more than 15 are active on a regular basis.
They are considering charging annual fees for nets, assistance with striping and any other nominal items the group would like to purchase cooperatively.
Many great coordination ideas came out of the meeting, including future plans for High Country Park. The group has planned a couple of informal meetings and continues to plan for more formal organization if needed.