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City purchases card-operated water station

Safety major concern as Water Department officials consider two different locations on North Yampa

Jeff Swanson

Water customers in Craig will soon have a new option when it comes to where and how they make their purchases as last week, the City Council approved a request to order a new water sales station.

The new station will offer customers a long awaited, card-operated service, that will allow them to pre-purchase water, rather than having to pay at the station with quarters.

Officials, though, are still undecided as to where the new station will be located.

“We already have the station ordered, now we just have to decide where to put it at,” Public Works Department Director Bill Earley said. “We are looking at a couple of different options, but we want to make sure that we put it in the right area, because there are going to be a lot of people using it.”

Earley said the department is considering two different locations, both on north Yampa Avenue. The two properties are the north city garage, and the land located directly across from the city garage, which was previously leased to the Forest Service, also on north Yampa Avenue.

Originally, Earley believed that locating the station on the old Forest Service property would alleviate congestion in the lot at the city garage, because it is currently used to house a number of the city’s maintanance vehicles. However, Councilman Carl Chapman raised safety concerns about the steep grade that users would have to scale when bringing their water back onto north Yampa Avenue.

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“I know a lot of people who haul water and I have to tell you, there’s no way I could support this purchase the way it is written,” he said. “The grade that you have to come up when you pull out of that area [Forest Service land] comes up a good three or four feet. Whenever you haul water, there is always going to be some spillage that occurs, and that is going to create some dangerous situations for people that are both pulling out of there, and for those driving by. It is going to be especially bad in the winter, because when you get just a little water spilling on the road, it won’t take too long for it to ice over.

“I’m just not going to do that to the people that I know who haul water,” he said. “I really think that we need to explore our options a little further on this issue.”

Earley said that the Water Department is still in the preliminary stages of finding the right location for the station, but he believes the options have been narrowed down to the two locations.

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