The City of Delta is in the final stages of acquiring about 80 Delta-Montrose Electric Association customers on Garnet Mesa. The affected service territory lies between 5th and 7th streets, and adjoins DMEA territory previously acquired by the city.
By state statute, once the city exercises its right to acquire territory, DMEA must be compensated for loss of revenue for existing and new services for a 10-year period. Previously, DMEA requested a lump sum payment. This time, utilities director Steve Glammeyer explains, payment will be made annually. City staff will track the revenue received annually and pay DMEA 25 percent of the gross revenues, as required by state statute.
The first payment of $100,194 includes $73,398 for facilities and $26,796 to compensate DMEA for its man-hours. That's well under the amount budgeted for 2015, since the city anticipated the lump sum payment.
Glammeyer advised councilmembers that the city will begin another round of acquisitions shortly after 2016.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.