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Metro Board Approves First Phase of Meter Replacement
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After much discussion in the study session and the regular meeting the Colorado City Metropolitan District Board of Directors by a 4-1 vote approved the first phase of replacing water meters in the district and allocated a maximum of $290K for the project.

Each of the five board members who were present did not question the necessity of water meters but there was a great deal of divergence in opinion on how much meters would help the district account for water produced but not sold each month, and whether the money could be used better for different projects.

The majority opinion gradually seemed to focus on the meters as a starting point in eventually replacing an aging infrastructure. District Manager James Eccher pointed out that one of the pre-requisites for many grants was an investment by the agency seeking the grants. He felt the meters could show that commitment to the project.

Perhaps the primary opposition to the project seemed to focus on the amount of apparent leakage in the aging system and the need for a long-term plan to replace the entire structure.

The new meters will be installed system wide over the next several years. The first phase will replace 401 meters. The second phase will include 338 total meters. The final phase will include 282 meters.

A proposed sale of a pair of lots also generated much discussion. Chris and Kathy Lesser offered $1700 for Unit 29 Lots 385 and 388. The board discussed the proposal and directed the District Manager to check some covenant issues with the lots and to counter offer the pair of lots for $3500.

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