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Kremmling may leave streets unpaved so town can replace more water lines

Drew MunroSky-Hi Daily NewsGrand County, Colorado

Kremmling officials delivered some good news and some bad news to the Town Council on Monday night.The good news is we got some money for the towns water-line replacement project, Mayor Tom Clark said. The bad news is, we only got half of it.At the behest of Town Manager Ted Soltis, trustees directed staff to examine making the most the $750,000 Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant money by using it and the towns $250,000 in matching funds to complete all of this years water line replacement project.The catch: Streets dug up in the process will remain unpaved for a year. Project costs generally are split evenly between replacing the lines and repaving the streets.If we spend all of that money on pipe in the ground, we can finish this (years) project, Soltis said. But then we dont have paved roads. … I think this is a good way to go.He said extra magnesium chloride would be needed to control dust on the unpaved streets. Some of the removed asphalt also may be rotomilled (ground up) and compacted at the busiest intersections, depending on cost, which would help minimize dust.Its not that were not going to do it, Clark said of the street repaving. Its just that were going to do it later.He also said a potential benefit of leaving the streets unpaved for a year is it would allow soft spots to settle so they can be filled in and compacted before they are paved.Nearly 20,000 feet of water lines still need to be replaced, with about 10,000 slated for this year. The projects are prioritized based on where the worst leaks are.Trustee Jason Bock said its critically important to replace the lines in the 2009 project, particularly on the south side of town, because the leaky system does not provide adequate flow for fire protection.Trustee Grant Burger III also pointed out that the towns water treatment plant is running at about 120 percent of capacity to compensate for leaks in the system. In the long run, Soltis said that means the plant will have to replaced sooner unless demands on it can be reduced.Town officials in the past have estimated the antiquated steel pipe system is leaking about 50 percent of the treated water into the ground, which is down from an estimated 67 percent since last years projects were completed. Drew can be reached at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19610 or at