Laporte: Property owners to allow Greeley pipeline surveys on their land but vow to continue to fight the project

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Larimer County residents battling the city of Greeley’s plans to replace aging infrastructure have agreed to allow surveys for the project, according to a report from Monte Whaley writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

Planning for the project to replace an aging, smaller line the city installed more than 50 years ago began in 2005. Greeley gets its water from the Poudre River after it’s treated at a plant in Bellvue, northwest of Fort Collins. The city went to Larimer County District Court to seize a portion of the Humstone property — as well as two other properties near Laporte — to allow crews to do exploratory drilling, seismic surveys and other work on the grade. In the settlement agreement, crews will be allowed onto the properties under certain conditions. They will do biological and archaeological studies, as well as some core drilling, Humstone said.

The grade, which dates to 1881, was part of the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific Railroad, which was built to haul locally quarried sandstone to construction projects and sugar-beet factories…

Greeley officials say taking the 30-mile pipeline along a public right of way would go through downtown Laporte. They also say they need to get on the properties to map out a plan to protect the historic structures. The agreement “will help determine the best route and to gather biological, historical, geotechnical and economic data for the Bellvue water pipeline project,” said Jon Monson, Greeley’s water and sewer director. “This settlement will be to the benefit and the best interests of everyone involved.”

More Greeley coverage here.

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