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District Board Looks at Options to Upgrade Water Meters
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There are some 1,100 water meters in the Colorado City Metropolitan District that vary in age from “old” to “very old.” According to District Manager James Eccher, the District spends over $34,000 annually reading water meters, recording the data, and forwarding invoices to district customers. Eccher would like to upgrade meters and reduce that cost to just over $1,500, a savings in excess of $32,000 annually. The total amount of savings would not be realized until a year after all district meters are replaced. One option to fund the upgrade in meters would be refinancing bond indebtedness and using approximately $500,000 to accomplish the project Director Cook favors a three year installation plan with cost savings realized from year one to fund year two and so on. “I don’t think you can install 1,100 meters in year,” Cook told Eccher. Cook described some of Eccher’s numbers and estimates as “puff and fluff’ during the regular meeting of the board held Tuesday evening, July 9, 2019 at district offices on Bent Brothers Blvd. During the month of June, the district produced ten million gallons of water more than it billed to customers, more than 50% of total production. Replacing aging meters is one way to account for the significant water loss described by Eccher.

The board received a formal letter of resignation from Director Justin Hunter while reviewing correspondence. Director Cook suggested the letter be ignored because the board voted 4-0 to vacate Hunter’s position for excessive absences at their last meeting on June 25, 2019.

The board voted 3-1 to pay district bills. Director Cook complained that it is difficult for him to make decisions regarding financial matters when he does not receive reports and documents in a timely manner. Cook voted against the action.

Moving ever closer to assuming the role of the now defunct Colorado City Architectural Control Committee, the board reviewed a draft procedure, written by Director Cook, for receiving, cataloguing, investigating, and resolving complaints about and violations of neighborhood covenants.

Susan Chianelli asked for the board’s assistance with a matter that is pending before the Pueblo County Planning Commission. Local developer and builder Eric Baker has applied for a zoning change on a lot in Chianelli’s neighborhood from R-2, single- family residential to R-4, mixed residential zone. According to Chianelli, the covenants for unit one specify single-family dwellings and not the multi-family structure Baker intents to build. The board directed Eccher to appear at the public hearing, scheduled for 5:30 PM, July 17, and oppose the zoning change. Eccher was also directed to oppose a request from Frank Palcic to vacate a portion of Alondra Drive.

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