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Metro Board Approves Waste Water Treatment with Town of Rye
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After almost two years, the expenditure of more than $100,000 in attorney fees by both sides, countless delays, and innumerable revisions, the Colorado City Metropolitan Board of Directors, by a vote of 4-1, approved a wastewater treatment agreement with the Town of Rye. As predicted some two years ago, the geographic neighbors arrived at a place very close to what was envisioned and, at least with the CCMD Board, just as unhappily. The agreement treats Rye like a commercial customer, assessing them $5.95 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater. Bill Ellis, Colorado City, questioned why the board would approve that rate when the cost, according to the CCMD website, is $6.81. Ellis joined Director Bob Cook in vocal dissent to the agreement. While there was some question about the accuracy of rates posted on the website, Scheid pointed out Rye may be assessed a rate independent of other commercial users in the district in the future based on wastewater flow levels. The district inherits a 2.5-mile section of pipe extending from Rye to the metro treatment system that runs parallel to the Greenhorn Creek and sensitive watershed. Interim district manager Donny Scheid said he preferred to assume maintenance responsibility for that line because of its proximity to a critical district water source.

The regularly scheduled board meeting, held at district offices, was preceded by a public hearing on the certification of delinquent accounts to the Pueblo County Treasurer. The district will refer accounts to the county in arrears of $150 or more than six months old. There were no speakers at the public hearing. The board later approved Resolution 8-2018 as the final move to refer the delinquent accounts.

In other action, the board ratified a salary increase for interim district manager Donny Scheid, approved the continued broadcast of district meetings via Facebook, and renewed the lease with the restaurant tenant at HolyDot Golf Course.

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