Kremmling just about ready to begin water line project
May 25, 2008
The town of Kremmling is on the verge of getting its much-needed water transmission line project started.At the May 21 Town Council meeting, Public Works Director Doug Moses informed the trustees that the bids were in on the project. Fourteen companies reportedly expressed interest in bidding on the project.A recommendation about the bids will be made to the council at its Monday, June 2, meeting. By Tuesday, June 3, Moses said he expects to be able to contact the successful bidder. Mobilization to begin work should begin soon after, he said. Once the successful bid is chosen, he said the work schedule for the project can be determined. The project will replace the main water transmission line from the towns water plant, located more than two miles west of Kremmling to the towns western edge. The waterline, which supplies all the towns water, has to be replaced because it is leaking badly from heavy corrosion. The steel line was installed in the early 1970s.In addition to replacing the more than two miles of pipe, the waterline project must cross both DeBerard Ditch and Muddy Creek. The project also includes a 125-foot bore under U.S. Highway 40.Funds for the project are coming from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, which recently gave the town a check for $478,500. This is a 50-percent matching grant with the town paying for the other half of the project.In other business at Wednesdays meeting, the trustees unanimously adopted an ordinance amending the Kremmling Municipal Code to provide a single penalty for all violations of it. The most significant change to the code is increasing the penalty for those convicted of violations from $300 to $1,000.Then in a 4-2 vote, the trustees approved an ordinance establishing a Human Resources Department for the town with the town manager as its director. Ted Soltis, Kremmlings town manager, said the purpose of the ordinance is to specifically put someone in charge of organizing and handling all personnel matters. Under the ordinances provision, all decisions involving personnel matters must be approved by the Town Council.The reason why the boards approval of the ordinance was not unanimous and ended in a 4-2 vote is legal language used in the document. Some of the trustees thought it was confusing and might be misunderstood.Also during the meeting, Police Chief Scott Spade reported that his department was not getting complaints about the use of OHVs (off-highway vehicles) within the towns limits in a timely manner so that his officers can apprehend and ticket the offenders. He said citizens should immediately call in their complaints. Use of OHVs is permitted in Kremmling, but only on designated routes.Chief Spade also told the trustees that the first TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) alcohol education classes were conducted Tuesday, May 20, for on-premise servers and sellers at bars and restaurants. He said two more classes are scheduled, one on Thursday, May 29 for off-premise sellers at liquor and convenience stores; and Wednesday, June 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for sellers and servers involved in alcohol-sale concessions at special events.Mayor Tom Clark informed the trustees that the first Grand County Master Plan meeting last week was successful. He said a second session in Kremmling will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the CSU Extension Hall at the fairgrounds. Wednesdays meeting opened with a special guest sitting in the mayors seat. Twelve-year-old Krysten Garcia, the daughter of Kym Colvin and Rudy Garcia, had won the Mayor Essay Contest sponsored by the Colorado Municipal League. The contest had more than 300 entries. On hand for the meeting was Mark Radtke, the leagues Legislative & Policy Advocate, who presented Garcia with a plaque and a $500 savings bond for her winning essay. With some coaching from Mayor Clark, she led the opening minutes of the meeting as the trustees handling the first items on the agenda.