Hot Sulphur Springs still in line to receive stimulus money
April 21, 2009
The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is still on track for $2 million in water-system aid.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, funneled through the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, could ease the town’s burden to maintain water service to the town’s citizens by providing funds for a clear well, membrane filtration, a revamped Colorado River intake and a new storage tank with a dedicated line.
In a recent letter to the town, Health Department said the town is still eligible for federal funding after having clarified preliminary engineering information at the state’s request.
The town is now searching for ways to leverage the possible $2 million no-payback loan to find additional state revolving-loan funds for its water system, with projected improvement costs at $3 million, as well as secure interim financing to get started on the clear well. The clear well is the final piece of conformance to an enforcement order handed down by the state Water Quality Control Division last summer.
A full application for the funding, as part of four upcoming benchmarks Hot Sulphur must meet, is due to the state on Monday, according to the town’s contracted town manager Chuck Ried.
Last Thursday, the town preliminarily approved contracts for work on the water system if the stimulus funds become available to the town.
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If successful in meeting the necessary deadlines, the federal money could be available in the fall.
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