Sanitation District votes to disband
Central Grand Valley Sanitation District Referred Measure 5A passed with about two-thirds of the vote Tuesday, according to preliminary election results.
As of 9 p.m., 4,831 ballots had been counted in favor of the measure to disband the Fruitvale- and Pear Park-based sanitation district, compared with 2,559 votes against dissolution, for a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent.
The ballot measure grants permission for the district to dissolve on Dec. 31 and hand over its assets and operations to the city of Grand Junction. The district’s 27,000 customers already receive their bills from the city and the district system feeds into the city’s Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant. Customers are expected to save $4.92 per month when the district, which performed pipe upgrades and system maintenance, disappears.
The district’s sole employee, General Manager Lori Coslett, is expected to lose her job. Coslett took her post after an agreement was signed among Central Grand Valley, Fruitvale and Orchard Mesa sanitation districts to dissolve the district, a task the Fruitvale district already has accomplished.