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Orchard City water treatment plant expansion suggested

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The Orchard City Board of Trustees discussed several items pertaining to the town's future and direction at the June 5 monthly workshop. To start, LeAnn Miller, project manager for JVA Consulting Engineers, reviewed a report assessing infrastructure, regulations, the future regarding the water plant, and developing a 10-year capital plan that outlines areas of high risk.

"Your plant is in good shape," Miller clarified. "There is some wear and tear, and it needs to be maintained. But there are no real major facility issues."

The town's water committee has discussed the report at several meetings and agrees with Miller's recommendations.

Essentially, their firm recommends OC expand the treatment center by adding another filter, and then establish a plan to fix leaks in the distribution system. Currently the plant can't handle projected future demand, or meet demand if one filter were to fail.

Several trustees asked if they should look into fixing leaks first, but per the firm's recommendation OC will better mitigate risk by increasing the plant first then target leaks, which they somewhat already do. In the meantime they can start assessing the system to ensure they tackle the highest priority lines first.

The trustees will have another month to look at the report.

Until then, "The main question is do you have what's needed to mitigate and handle risk?" Miller asked, referring to how they came to their recommendations.

Trustees touched on two additional items, including sending a couple of trustees to the annual Delta County Economic Development meeting on July 17, and reviewing some preliminary subdivision plans approved by the planning commission.

A community survey will be mailed to residents in the next couple weeks. Trustees are hoping responses give direction to the town's future. They decided to ask all the questions originally planned instead of trying to narrow the survey down. Citizens have until July 31 to respond to the survey.

On the agenda for the June 12 meeting is a proposed road ordinance, which would relax current regulations on private drives. Currently anything more than two lots requires paving. The proposed change would require paving for anything above 10 lots. After one year the town could take it over.

Also to be voted on is the 2018 building code adoption proposal by Colorado Code Consulting.

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