It's been a long, grueling process, replete with problems and high costs and overseen by two town managers and a town administrator. But Paonia's one-million-gallon Clock Water Treatment Plant is expected to go on line shortly after the new year.
The Town of Paonia is again seeking bids for sandblasting removal of a failed liner from the one million-gallon Clock water treatment plant on Lamborn Mesa after awarding a bid of $78,364 to Eckert-based Grand Mesa Mobile Dustless Blasting. When contacted by the town that it was awarded the bid, Grand Mesa Mobile informed the town that it was not available, said Public Works Director Travis Loberg.
Cost to repair the damaged lining of the one million-gallon storage tank at the Clock water treatment plant will exceed $78,000.
At the June 12 board meeting trustees approved a bid to sandblast the storage tank, which mainly provides potable water to Paonia proper.
In her 35-year career with the Town of Hotchkiss, town clerk Marlene Searle said she's never seen the town accept a single bid for a project. Such was the case last week, when trustees rejected the only bid received for the Barrow Mesa water tank replacement project.
A water storage tank lining that caused the Town of Paonia headaches in 2015 and 2016 is again causing problems.
During a recent sanitary survey of the town's drinking water system by the Colorado Department of Heath and Environment, the one million-gallon Clock water storage tank on Lamborn Mesa was deemed a risk for contamination due to failures in the tank's lining.
Staff and trustees for the Town of Hotchkiss are working toward replacing one of the town's three water storage tanks within the next year, a project that will cost an estimated $1 million.
Town engineer Joanne Fagan presented the proposal at a June 8 public meeting.
Orchard City's water fund is the largest of the town's budget funds.
For 2017, an amount of just over $1 million in expenditures has been budgeted for the fund's operations and maintenance programs.
Hotchkiss Town Council learned at the Dec. 8 meeting that the Department of Local Affairs will amend its grant funding agreement for sewer projects, extending funding to January 31, 2018. Last year the town completed an in-town, $1.8 million sanitation line upgrade.
With the exception of a little bit of cleanup work, the upper Lamborn Mesa Water Treatment Plant Improvements Project is complete and the plant is online. At a March 25 special meeting, the Paonia Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution accepting completion of the facility, and approving final payments to contractors.
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