Granby/SilverCreek water district poised to dissolve
After a multi-year process the Granby/SilverCreek Water and Wastewater Authority (GSWWA) is set to be dissolved.
At their Tuesday night meeting the Granby Board of Trustees voted to approve dissolution of the Authority, and the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District also recently voted to approve dissolution. The GSWWA is made up of both the Town of Granby and the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District (SWSD).
According to GSWWA Authority Manager Joe Pandy, the GSWWA was formed in 2004 after the Town of Granby annexed portions of land previously served by the SWSD. At that time the SWSD did not wish to dissolve the district and an exclusion area was created, made up of the Granby Ranch and Grand Elk developments south of the Fraser River. The Authority was formed sometime thereafter with the intention of maintaining water and sewer-line infrastructure in the exclusion zone created after the annexation.
When the Authority was initially formed a provision was included that would automatically dissolve the Authority when 80 percent of the Authority’s water taps became located within the boundaries of Granby proper. When the economy crashed in 2008 new real estate developments in the area came to a standstill and the 80 percent threshold for taps was never reached.
“The parties got together and decided we should get rid of the authority anyways as it has extra costs the rate payers must pay,” Pandy said.
Pandy, former general manager for Mountain Parks Electric who recently retired, has been working for the GSWWA for eight years and has spent the last three years working to dissolve the Authority.
Now that dissolution has been approved by the Town of Granby and the SWSD, the issue will go before the GSWWA for approval. Pandy said the Authority is already on record as wanting to dissolve and the vote is considered a foregone conclusion.
Going forward the SWSD will continue to operate as a district. The Town of Granby and the SWSD will soon be breaking ground on a $6 million Water Treatment Plant to service the areas south of the Fraser River. Granby has applied for a $2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to construct the Water Treatment Plant. As part of their grant applications the Town of Granby and the SWSD have each put forth a $1 million match.
After the dissolution of the Authority is approved by the GSWWA the issue will go to the courts for official termination. A second phase in the process will begin later, to determine how the existing infrastructure operated under the Authority will transfer to the auspices of the Town of Granby.
“Frankly we tried to tackle that before,” Pandy said. “That is why this whole thing has taken a few years. We tried to do it in one step. The most important step is to dissolve the authority and then deal with the infrastructure later.”
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