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Kremmling water main could cost nearly $1 million to replace

by Will BublitzSky-Hi Daily News

The price tag for replacing Kremmlings main water transmission line may be higher than originally anticipated.At Wednesdays Town Council meeting, Town Manager Ted Soltis said the revised cost of the project was determined after a group of engineers evaluated the problem over the past couple of weeks. The transmission line price has increased quite a bit, he told the board members.At the boards last meeting on Nov. 5, the total estimated cost was $650,000 to replace the three miles of pipe from the water plant three miles west of town to the towns western edge.Stressing that these new estimates are only preliminary numbers, Soltis said the new price tag for the transmission line is estimated at $957,000. Soltis emphasized this new estimate is a worst case scenario. He said the engineers are not sure the entire length of the transmission line will have to be replaced, so that final cost could be much lower.Included in this preliminary estimate is the cost of laying the new line across U.S. 40. Soltis explained that if the town is successful in convincing the Colorado Department of Transportation to allow the line to be installed using a cut across the highway rather than requiring a bore under it, it would save about $100,000.Soltis said the reason why he went with the worst case scenario figure for the transmission line before a final engineering study had been completed is to meet the Dec. 1 deadline for applying for a Department of Local Affairs matching grant. When approved, the State of Colorado will pay 50 percent of the project, which is set to be done next year.The town of Kremmling has set the replacement of the water transmission line as a top priority project as part of its budget for 2008. The water line, which was installed in the early 1970s, has begun to fail in recent years due to heavy corrosion in its steel pipes.In another budget discussion at Wednesdays meeting, Police Chief Scott Spade said its time to buy a vehicle for his department. He recommended the purchase of a four-wheel drive pickup rather than a police cruiser. He pointed out the pickup would have more storage space for tactical gear and could act as a command center for future emergency situations such as wildland fires.The suggested delivery price for the pickup is $20,891, Spade said. Soltis pointed out this was well within the budgeted amount of $22,000 for a new police vehicle.Also during the budget discussion, Town Clerk Sharon Cesar suggested it was time to replace the towns phone system which has now been is use for more than 10 years. Bids have been submitted for a replacement system.Soltis said he plans to present the final draft of the 2008 budget for the boards next meeting on Monday, Dec. 3. In other business Wednesday, the board approved a fermented malt beverage (3.2 percent beer) license for the new Kum & Go convenience store being constructed on Park Avenue. The store, which will operate 24/7, plans to open for business on Dec. 14. Also receiving the boards approval was an ordinance amending the Kremmling Municipal Code concerning liquor licensing, the schedule of fees and penalties for violations. Under the ordinances revised fees, the cost of a new license and the transfer of location or ownership is $625 instead of the previous fee of $500. The fee for renewing a license was raised from $50 to $75. The renewal of an expired license is $500.The only fee being reduced is the application for a special event license. The fee was $100, but has now been reduced to $25.Mayor Tom Clark reported that he had recently been in preliminary discussions with a company interested in setting up a power plant near Kremmling that would use the gasification of wood to generate electricity.


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