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Kremmling votes to double late fees for delinquent water bills

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The town of Kremmling is running out of patience with delinquent accounts and late payments of residents’ water bills.

At the town board’s meeting on Monday, Town Clerk Sharon Cesar requested and got the board’s approval for doubling the fine on late water payments. Currently, the town is charging a $5 late fee. It is now increased to $10.

In addition, Cesar received the board’s permission to direct Town Attorney Alan Hassler to draft an ordinance that would have a “sliding scale penalty” for those water users who are constantly making late payments.

After some discussion, the board decided to include wording in the draft ordinance that would say that if late payment notices are issued three times within a calendar year, the penalty may be 50 percent of the payment.

“This hopefully will stop the repeat offenders that do not pay their bill until they receive a shut off and then they make arrangements that drags the collection out,” Cesar said.

Cesar told the board that on average the town is forced to deal with 15 overdue accounts every month.

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In other business at Monday’s meeting, the town board approved an ordinance to handle “encroachments” onto town property by residents and business owners.

The new ordinance will regulate the use of certain town property and require a license agreement from those who want to use it. Its purpose is to handle those “encroachments” onto town property that create actual or potential hazards, or cause “demands or restrictions” on the use by the town of its own property.

In presenting the proposed ordinance, Town Manager Ted Soltis said it would “set standards” and be a “tool” that the town board could use. He explained the board “can use it or not use it” as necessary.

The board members also gave their approval to the modification of premises for the Los Amigos Liquor License. In addition, they set April 7 for a public hearing on amending the Town Code to enact provisions establishing a “qualified municipal court of record.”

Cesar announced that four individuals have turned in petitions and will be candidates for the town board in the April 1 municipal elections. Three board member seats, held Peggy Colburn, Jim Sloan and Ken Bentler, are up for election.

Of the four declared candidates, Bentler is the only incumbent. The three other candidates in the April 1 election are John Adams, Isaac Schonlau and Eric Woog. Cesar said the deadline for those wanting to become write-in candidates is March 12.

A “Meet the Candidates” forum will be held Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Cathy Shipley Room at the West Grand PK-8 building. Superintendent Jeff Perry will be the moderator.

Doug Moses, the town’s Public Works Director, informed the board that the town’s new road grader/maintainer has finally been delivered. He said work has already begun on using it to clear drainage areas in preparation for the spring runoff.

Moses also reported that the town has received a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers for the crossing of Muddy Creek for the construction of the town’s new water transmission line later this year. Moses also said the soils report on the crossing of U.S. Highway 40 is “a bit delayed.” He said the CDOT engineers are pushing for the work to be done as a “bore” under the highway rather than an “open cut” that would slice through the roadway.

Essential to the go-ahead for that project is the matching grant from the state’s Department of Local Affairs. Soltis said the town will be making its presentation before the DOLA board on March 19.

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