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Metro Board Votes to Tighten Water Restrictions
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By a vote of 4-1, the Colorado City Metropolitan Board of Directors voted to tighten existing water restrictions within the district during their meeting Tuesday evening, September 25, 2018, at district offices. The board took the action on recommendation of district staff and after a description of existing water supplies and lack of precipitation. According to Director of Public Works Donnie Scheid, “the new restrictions will prohibit outside watering (irrigation water is prohibited while supervised hand watering remains permitted), sales of nonpotable water outside of existing contractual agreements, and diversion of one of two wells serving HollyDot Golf Course to supply Lake Beckwith. District staffer Greg Bailey noted that Lake Beckwith dropped to a level of six feet in the year 2000 while the current level is just two feet above that at eight feet. New water restrictions do not impact the availability of potable water on which numerous families in the Greenhorn Valley rely.

The board examined a new policy that would prohibit district employees from “open carry” of firearms in district buildings. It would not, however, prohibit district employees from carrying a concealed weapon if they possess the appropriate state permit. Based on varied opinions of district employees in attendance and questions from the audience, the board voted to treat the introduction of the policy as a “first reading,” consider revision, and bring it back for consideration at the next meeting.

The board voted unanimously to approve the lease of Lake Beckwith to the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, tighten policies and procedures for district department receiving cash, and a new policy regarding the use of district vehicles by district employees.

Public Works Director Donnie Scheid was elevated, by unanimous vote of the board, to interim district manager pending the appointment of a new manager to replace David Valdez. Letters of interest accompanied by resumes will be accepted through September 30, 2018. A committee consisting of two directors, two district employees, and three citizens will commence review of applicants beginning October 1, 2018.

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