Wiggins: Boring project under Bijou Irrigation District canal on fast track

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From The Fort Morgan Times (Dan Barker):

Work on this part of the project needed to be pursued quickly, because Bijou needs it done before water may possibly be moving in the ditch, and the irrigation district gave a deadline of Jan. 31, said Wiggins Town Administrator Bill Rogers. This was brought up at the last regular meeting of the council, and was an obstacle because the town was not certain if the USDA would pay for doing this so soon, since the agency had not yet approved the project for loans or grants. However, town officials met with USDA officials and a letter from the agriculture department has given the go-ahead for this portion of the project, Rogers said. In fact, the town already had a bidders’ meeting with six contractors and expects to open bids on Jan. 12, he said…

The $10,000 fee for a right of way is high, considering these usually come for about $1,000, Rogers said. But it would probably cost that much to condemn the land for a right of way. Given the time constraints, this is the best deal the town can make, said Wiggins Mayor Mike Bates. In fact, it will cost a little more than $10,000, because part of the agreement adds Bijou engineering and legal costs, too, said Town Clerk Craig Trautwein.

Rogers also told the council that Wiggins was offered a chance to buy nine more shares of Weldon Valley Ditch Co. water for the project. The project already has 10 shares and could use 10 or so more…

The Weldon Valley Ditch Co. still has not made a decision about converting the shares Wiggins owns from agricultural water to municipal water, Trautwein said.

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