Projects to get money from grants

Four major infrastructure projects throughout Mesa County will receive a more-than $3 million shot in the arm thanks to taxes collected from Colorado’s energy industry.

“Communities that are impacted by energy and mineral development throughout the state will benefit from these grant awards,” Department of Local Affairs Director Susan Kirkpatrick said in a statement Wednesday.

The grants, composed of taxes and fees the state collects on oil and gas production on private and federal lands throughout Colorado, are:

•  $1 million for the Fruita Wastewater Treatment Plant collection line;

•  $1 million for the Mesa County Department of Public Works;

•  $750,000 for the Palisade Civic Center renovation; and

•  $300,000 for renewable energy projects at Mesa State College.

Mesa County’s take totaled nearly 14.2 percent of the $21.5 million awarded through the grants.

Palisade Town Manager Tim Sarmo said the state dollars will allow the town to start relocating its town hall to the site of the town’s former high school. The building is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Peach Avenue.

Sarmo said the money will allow the town to relocate most of its services from its current location, 175 E. Third St., to the new building sometime in 2009.

Fruita City Manager Clint Kinney said the city’s slice of the grant funds will allow it to connect
the town’s wastewater lagoons south of Interstate 70 near 17 Road to its wastewater plant off 15 Road.


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