Granby eyes water works, construction projects in 2015
As winter turns to spring and the ground in Grand County starts thawing, the Town of Granby is looking at a number of projects for the coming year.
Issues with Moraine Park regarding the water system there have been ongoing for several years. Moraine Park is a portion of unincorporated Grand County located mostly within the boundaries of the Town of Granby near Middle Park High School.
According to Granby Town Manager Wally Baird, the town was approached several years ago by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about bringing the Moraine Park area up to state standards for water utilities.
“The resident’s of Moraine Park will have a water system that meets the Department of Public Health and Environment’s standards,” said Baird.
Negotiations about the project have been ongoing for the past three years.
Granby has received a grant for work on the project from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and is acting as a pass-through entity for the funding. The scope of work on the project includes hydrants and valves for the overall system and each individual unit will receive a water meter and a shut-off.
Baird said the project is out for bid from contractors and he hopes that work on the project will be completed by October. The project is expected to cost approximately $900,000.
Baird discussed another water project the Town of Granby is overseeing. The Deberard Draw Sanitary Sewer System project has a set completion date of Oct. 31. Baird said discussion about the project started in 2010.
The Deberard Draw area is located near the base of Granby Ranch. The sewage from the area was previously pumped by a lift station that was in need of replacement. After initial engineering assessments noticed the possibility for instability, Granby conducted a three-year study looking for any slope movement. Baird explained that while the study showed no movement in the slope, it did indicate a higher than previously believed water table, which required the project be redesigned.
The Town is now moving ahead with plans to install a gravity flow line, rather than a sewage lift station, for the Deberard Draw area. Baird said that the gravity flow line is about two-thirds more in cost over the lift station, but the town officials felt it was a better way to go.
Baird explained that the gravity flow line has more upfront costs for construction but should save money in the long run, noting the ongoing costs of electricity and filters that are included in a lift station. Funding for the project comes in the form of a loan from the Colorado Water and Resource and Power Development Authority. The cost of the project is expected to total approximately $2.75 million.
The town hopes work on the project will begin sometime in April.
Granby has also received a grant to build a pathway from Kaibab Park to Thompson Road that will run parallel to US Highway 40.
“We have jumped through all the hoops and everything else and the design is under way,” said Baird. “State DOT officials will give the go-ahead for any construction work for the spring of 2016.”
The grant for the project was received from the Colorado Department of Transportation and was approved in 2013. The authorization is for $490,000.
Town officials are still working on finding funding sources for additions and expansions to Rafferty Park in Granby. There is a preliminary design for the project and around $500,000 in commitments have already been locked down by the town. They are currently asking Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to provide an additional $250,000 in funding.
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