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Kremmling tightens fiscal belt to save money for water line replacement projects

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Faced with the cost of several large water projects in the next few years, the Kremmling Board of Trustees is trying to economize where it can.

At the board’s Monday night meeting, the trustees approved $3,000 to support the Kremmling Days celebration. That money will be used provide entertainment and activities for both children and adults.

However, the $3,000 was short of the request made by Kremmling Chamber Director Leslie Torma, who had asked for $4,000. She explained that during the past two years, the town board had provided $3,000 for the Kremmling Days event, but the chamber wanted an additional $1,000 to help “expand the activities for kids” during the 2008 celebration slated for June 20-21.

Responding to the request, Town Manager Ted Soltis pointed out that the town is trying to economize in anticipation of the estimated $5 million that will be needed over the next few years to handle its water-system problems. He said the board had already cut down on the number and size of its grants to various county organizations during budget discussions late last year.

“I strongly recommend that we accumulate funds for these water projects,” Soltis said.

After further discussion, Soltis did recommend the board provide “partial funding” for this year’s Kremmling Days celebration. He also suggested that if the chamber wants additional funding for next year’s event, it should make its request during the board’s budget process next fall.

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Also during Monday’s meeting, Public Works Director Doug Moses reported on the pre-bid meeting held last Friday, May 2, for this year’s main transmission water line replacement project. He said there was a “good turnout” with 14 contractors attending. The bids will be opened May 16.

The town’s main transmission water line project is being funded in part with a Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant of $478,500. It is a 50-percent matching grant with the town paying for the other half of the project.

The project will replace the main water transmission line from the town’s water plant, located more than two miles west of Kremmling, to the town’s western edge. As part of the project, the water line must be placed across both DeBerard Ditch and Muddy Creek. The project also includes a 125-foot bore under U.S. Highway 40.

Kremmling’s main transmission water line, which supplies all of the town’s water, has been badly leaking and sections of it have failed in recent years due to the heavy corrosion of its steel pipes. The line was installed in the early 1970s.

This year’s project is the first stage of the needed repairs to the town’s water system.

Town officials estimate that 24,000 feet of steel water pipe, which is 30 percent of Kremmling’s in-town water system, has corroded to the point that it must be replaced in the next few years. Those steel pipes were installed in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the board’s trustees approved a plat for re-dividing block 2, lot 7 in the Grand West Subdivision.

Approval was given for the amending of the town’s code on the bonding of the town’s clerk, treasurer, attorney and police chief. The trustees also passed a resolution designating the officers who are authorized to conduct financial transactions for the town.

Mayor Tom Clark also urged the trustees as well as town citizens to attend Grand County Master Plan meeting on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the CSU Extension Hall at the fairgrounds. He said the meeting is important if the public is interested in what “we will see here in 2040.”

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