To start the Orchard City work session May 1 the trustees viewed a presentation by Dan Reardon with Colorado Code Consulting on the 2018 building code proposal. He emphasized being familiar with the code to ensure the trustees understand and agree with what the town decides to adopt.
Reasons he gave to adopt the codes included FEMA mandates, materials and methods having changed, the codes incorporate new ideas, and that HVAC and hydronic designs are more sophisticated resulting in efficiency and longer life of appliances.
Most of his discussion focused on the energy portions of the code, since those are leading to the most hesitation for adoption. "You can stair step your way into this if you so choose," he said.
Trustee Mel Cook raised an important question during this discussion regarding growth, which Reardon said is a legitimate concern. "Adopting these codes in a rural community like this, have you seen the growth of the community slow down because these codes are too extensive for the contractors?" Cook asked. He said homes get too expensive to build.
Reardon explained that when looking at up front costs, the energy codes can seem more expensive but over several years of home ownership, costs will actually be cheaper. By designing for the entire structure, homes end up safer and more efficient.
In the end, if the town chooses to not adopt the 2018 codes then later on trustees will have to sort through more stringent codes, since new regulations stipulate adoption of one of the two most recent codes when a town upgrades.
Next trustees reviewed the three Kaiser waterline bids. The town will buy the materials budgeted at $28,000 and ask the contractor to install it. The bid they decided to go with came in a little low which concerned some trustees but they also saw this as an opportunity to maybe fit in another waterline project this year.
Regarding the irrigation project that's being finished, the contractor requested changing the crossings from the planned asphalt to concrete. Concrete can be put in now, whereas asphalt would be delayed till July. Costs will remain the same.
Concluding the meeting the trustees reviewed a request from Delta Housing Authority for a letter of support. Each year the Town sets aside money so that if there's a citizen who comes to the program asking for help then the Town can provide aid. One concern trustee Jan Cook had was that citizens might not know the assistance is available.