Glenwood Springs: Requirements of federal funding bill put new wastewater treatment plant on hold

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Gardner):

According to city officials, the word came last week that the project would have to be put on hold, indefinitely, awaiting further clarification from the Environmental Protection Agency. City Manager Jeff Hecksel, who was out of the office last week, returned Monday to be blindsided by the development. “We are not sure if this applies to us or not,” Hecksel said. “If it does we are not sure what we are going to do about it.” Hecksel said that he was unsure as to why the Glenwood project would be included because the project was not seeking federal funding. However, according to Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority Finance Director Mike Brod, the new law imposes certain requirements on state funds as well as federal funds. The funds, which are used to buy down the interest rate on the loan, come through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds program. The intent of the bill, in the context of the Clean Drinking Water and Wastewater programs, was to appropriate $3.9 billion to help more than 1,500 communities improve their drinking water and wastewater systems, according to a document from the Committee on Appropriations. But the bill includes language requiring projects using funds through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to include the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirement. That is where the problem arises for Glenwood. The city did not include the Davis-Bacon requirement in the wastewater contract because it was not required when the contract went out to bid on Oct. 23.

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