Stimulus funds to pay for plant repair

Commission approves contract for work at Mack wastewater facility

Water was the issue that lapped at Mesa County commissioners Monday.

They approved funds to improve the wastewater treatment plant in Mack, accepted the completion report for the rebuilt Bruner water system in the Rosevale neighborhood and accepted an easement from Clifton Sanitation for part of the Riverfront Trail east of 32 Road near D Road.

The wastewater treatment pond in Mack is leaking into the groundwater, according to Julie Constan, a county engineer.

The county is looking at future growth in the area that could include housing for workers at the Red Cliff Coal mine in Garfield County. To fix the leaking system and accommodate anticipated growth, the county approved expending $118,700 to hire JVA Consulting

Engineers for the design and sequencing of a batch reactor.

The county intends to use federal stimulus dollars for the project. The work will allow the plant to be expanded as growth demands.

Growth had all but passed by the Rosevale neighborhood, situated south of Broadway and west of the Colorado River. The neighborhood of about 250 homes had an aging water system (built in the 1950s) and its water provider was going out of business.

The situation hit a peak last year. Ute Water Conservation District stepped in and rebuilt the system with the help of Mesa County and $600,000 in federal funding through Community Development Block grants.

On Monday, the commission approved Ute Water’s project completion report.

“The private business (the former Bruner water system) did not profit or benefit from this at all,” said Jon Peacock, county administrator.

Rosevale residents, on the other hand, are benefiting from greater water pressure and a fresh supply of Ute water.

“We couldn’t use their (old) infrastructure, it was in very poor condition,” said Joe Burtard, spokesman for Ute Water. “All the customers have new water lines and they have (new) water meters.”

Residents are being charged $5,800 each for the new meters and lines. Those who chose not to pay the sum immediately are being charged $30 a month.

The Riverfront Trail also got a new link on Monday.

The commission accepted a public trail easement from Clifton Sanitation for developing a trail roughly between 32 and 33 roads.

The county will set about the task of paving, fencing and placing the appropriate signs to mark the trail and warn pedestrians to stay on the trail and off of Clifton Sanitation property.


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