From the La Junta Tribune-Democrat (Bette McFarren):
Director of Water and Wastewater Joe Kelley led off Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Utilities Commissioners. The design review on the new Wastewater Treatment Facility continues. “The State thinks there are more issues that need to be addressed before we can get to construction. I think they make this stuff up as they go along,” said Kelley. He referred to the fact that we have not only secured our loan, but are already in the process of paying it back with a rate increase. In addition, our regional efforts to build the Arkansas Valley Conduit now depend on additional federal legislation to allow the use of revenue from storage accounts to pay for state levels loans. “Without this legislation the AVC may not be financially feasible,” said Kelley.
On a smaller scale, the check valve for aeration blower #1 has been rebuilt and is now operational at the wastewater treatment plant. The water crew installed a new fire hydrant at the corner of Sixth St. and Colorado Ave…
The crew has installed a new primary service for the new Dialysis Center, which included new overhead primary, underground primary, vaults and meter pedestal. Service is ready to be energized.
New automated meters have been installed throughout the city. At the present, we are waiting for the next shipment of meters, said City Manager Rick Klein. Crews are reading meters since we currently have no meter reader.