Dry Gulch Reservoir public meeting February 23rd

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From the Pagosa Daily Post (Sheila Berger): “The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and San Juan Water Conservancy District will host a public presentation of the Dry Gulch Project on Monday, February 23 from 6 to 8 pm at the Pagosa Lakes Vista Clubhouse. The presentation will cover all aspects of the project, including revised future growth and water demand projections, project infrastructure, planned reservoir size, project financing and Capital Investment Fees and plans for reservoir public use. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentation.”

Potential Colorado well fee increases

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From the Pueblo Chieftain (Charles Ashby): “…[State Senator Abel] Tapia said that one of the more controversial fee proposals calls for an increase in water well and supplemental water supply plan fees, which would bring in about $500,000 for the rest of this fiscal year and $2.5 million next year. Fees for new wells would go from $100 to $665, while supply plan fees would increase from $300 to $2,000. Tapia said the current fees don’t cover the actual cost to the state to process the applications. ‘These are fees that haven’t been raised in a long time,’ Tapia said. ‘That’s a significant increase, but it also means that the general fund was backfilling that amount. Although a person doesn’t drill a well everyday, those fees are percentage-wise very high, and that will get the attention of the people who deal in that industry.'”

Voters to decide future for Fraser Sanitation District?

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Autumn Phillips): “A petition containing 103 signatures has been turned in to the Fraser Sanitation District requesting that the possible merger of the district with the Town of Fraser be decided by voters. The signatures have been approved by Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene, but a date for the election has not been set. A hearing date to discuss the election has been set in District Court for March 31. Once the election date is set, voters will be asked whether they would like to dissolve the Fraser Sanitation District board and put sewer services under the management of the Town of Fraser.”