Kremmling adopts $3.9 million budget |

Kremmling adopts $3.9 million budget

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

In a quick meeting Monday night, the Kremmling Town Council approved the budget for 2008.

Next year’s budget has an estimated total expenditure of $3,916,563, which is substantially larger than the 2007 budget.

Town Manager Ted Soltis explained the increase in the size of the 2008 budget is due to the inclusion of nearly $1.5 million in grants. The majority of that money is being given to the town to complete two major projects.

The first of these projects is the replacement of the town’s main water transmission line. That line, which supplies water to the town from the water plant about three miles to the west, has begun to fail in recent months.

A $478,000 grant has been applied for from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Once it is approved in March, the grant money will be used to help fund the water line replacement project slated for 2008. That money will be matched by money from the town’s water enterprise and tap fee funds.

The total estimated price tag for the water line replacement is $957,000, which is written into the 2008 budget. Soltis has described this as a “worst case scenario” to cover the costs for the water line project.

At Monday’s meeting, Public Works Director Doug Moses reported that initial surveying work for the water line project is being conducted. In addition, he said contacts have been made with property owners who may be affected by the work, which is slated to begin this spring.

He has also been in discussions with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado Department of Transportation about the project.

The other major grant included in the town’s 2008 budget is to complete the “Roof the Rink” project to construct a permanent roof over the hockey rink at the Red Mountain Sports Complex. The price tag for that project is estimated at $503,298, with the money coming from a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, hockey club donations and a transfer from the Conservation Trust Fund.

Following the approval of the 2008 budget, Mayor Tom Clark commended Soltis, saying the new town manager had made it the “least painful budget process” that he had experienced during his tenure as mayor.

– In other business Monday, the town board approved the time for holding the sessions of the Kremmling Municipal Court. The new schedule is to start the sessions at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The previous starting time was 7 p.m.

Police Chief Scott Spade told the board that he would assign one of his officers to be at the municipal court sessions to ensure they continue to run smoothly. The court sessions are held at Town Hall.

Other items briefly discussed at Monday’s session included hangar leases at McElroy Airport, water shutoffs due to non-payment of fees, and possible antenna locations for Internet providers.

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