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Cedaredge finds solution to plant operator licensing

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The Town of Cedaredge has succeeded in hiring an operator for its new wastewater treatment plant.

According to the staff report to trustees on Dec. 10, Clinton Smith has agreed to obtain his "B" operator's license from the state. It was stated at the meeting that it can take up to three years to obtain the "B" license.

Until that time, the town has intentions of hiring a professional contractor to be the oversight manager of the facility at a cost of $18,000 per year in addition to the operator's salary, it was reported.

Regulations, the town has learned, require that it have a responsible operator in charge with a "B" license overseeing the mechanical plant's daily workings. There may be "other options," staff reported, which are being looked at.

In other business at its regular Dec. 10 meeting, the town board dealt with the following matters:

• Town Hall received a letter complimenting police officer Carlos Lovera for his foot patrols of downtown businesses and he was recognized by the town board.

• Public works department reports that "real time" video equipment will be placed on the city office building to help gauge overnight snowfall amounts and the need for street plowing. The cameras will also provide observation useful to assess "security" issues.

• Public works department reported that there were eight major water breaks in town during 2015 as of Dec. 10. Of those breaks, four of them occurred on the trouble-plagued Greenwood Avenue line and the associated South Grand Mesa Drive area. The department reported 22 major leaks in 2014, and 17 in 2013.

• The town water department reports 82 water meters were "changed out" during 2015.

• Police Chief Dan Sanders said that his officers have been responding to one to two deer-vehicle encounters per day recently.

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