From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Daniel Chaćon)
The litigation was between Pueblo County and the Pueblo West Metropolitan District.
But Pueblo County contends it had to resolve an “agency dispute” between Colorado Springs Utilities and Pueblo West, one of the SDS partners.
“We consider reimbursement to be a matter of good faith and fairness on the part of CSU and within the spirit of the dispute resolution and fee reimbursement process outlined in Section 29 of the SDS 1041 Permit,” the three-member Pueblo Board of Commissioners said Monday in a letter to John Fredell, SDS project manager.
At issue is a condition of the 1041 Permit that Colorado Springs obtained from Pueblo County to build SDS, a 62-mile pipeline that starts at the Pueblo Reservoir.
The condition required Pueblo West to participate in the Arkansas River Flow Program, which Pueblo West claimed would cost it millions of gallons of water, the Pueblo Chieftain reported.
A settlement between Pueblo County and the metro district was reached last month.
Colorado Springs Utilities participated in negotiations and agreed to provide a paper trade of water in Twin Lakes to make up any losses Pueblo West would suffer, The Chieftain reported Thursday.
In a letter to Pueblo County, Fredell said Thursday the settlement agreement was fair and didn’t contemplate the payment of attorney fees or costs “beyond those which each party determined were necessary to represent its own interest.”