Florence: Stimulus dough to help replace well

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

The well, which was built in the early 1990s, consists of a square concrete vessel designed to hold a water and chlorine mixture before it is sent to water users in the regional water district encompassing Florence, Coal Creek, Rockvale and Williamsburg. “It is cracking and there are some significant cracks on two of the exterior walls,” said Tom Piltingsrud, Florence city manager.

Enter the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds at just the right time to help this small town get the problem fixed without again having to raise water rates. “We applied for a stimulus grant through the recovery act dollars the state health department got for drinking water projects. In the priority ranking we got a three with one being the most important and five being less,” Piltingsrud said. That put Florence out of the running for a grant that would not have to be repaid. “They got flooded with requests and we fell just below the line of those who got $2 million grants. We were offered a zero-interest loan for 20 years,” Piltingsrud said. “As I understand it, if one project ahead of us can’t meet the time lines, we might jump above that line and get a $2 million grant,” Piltingsrud said. Still, if that does not happen, the no-interest loan will make the project possible without having to raise water rates, thanks to some smart thinking on the part of Florence city officials.

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