Craig City Council makes a splash with water improvement projects |

Craig City Council makes a splash with water improvement projects

Craig City Manager Peter Brixius gives facts on the need for a new water disinfection system during a meeting of the Craig City Council.
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CRAIG — Craig City Council members had water on their minds as they approved funding two water improvement projects Tuesday during their regular meeting.

City Finance Director Bruce Nelson said the city’s current Sensus water meter reading system is 20 years old, and though the system has needed repairs only once during that time, it is now outdated and at the end of its useful life.

The new Sensus water meter reading system uses new technologies and software and represents an upgrade from the system the city currently uses, Nelson said. The upgrade will cost $55,037.

“We did attempt to look at other water meter systems equipment and software,” Nelson said, “but it is not compatible with the currently installed system.”
Nelson acknowledged that Core & Main, a Grand Junction-based company, had submitted a bid for $25,165, but this option would have necessitated replacement of every water meter in the city to be compatible with that company’s software and technology, significantly upping the overall expense.

Nelson said the upgraded Sensus system will last the city another 20 years.

The council approved awarding the upgrade bid to Sensus.

Council members also voted to approve a $428,457 design bid for a new chloramine secondary disinfection system from SGM Inc., a Glenwood Springs-based company.

City manager Peter Brixius said water stored in the city’s facilities ages over time, creating regulatory issues due to the lack of chlorine in the water. Chlorine dissipates over time, and there must to be a specified amount of chlorine per liter of water to comply with regulations.

The city needs a stable chlorine disinfection system, Brixius said, adding that the new chloramine secondary disinfection system will more effectively treat the water and help ensure the city remains in compliance with regulations. The final design package for the system requires an additional $428,457.

A sum of $65,133 had already been approved for the project.

Brixius pointed out the city of Craig has been designated as a disadvantaged community, meaning it is qualified to apply for a “principal forgiveness loan” from the state, which would fund some $300,000 of the project.

Councilwoman Andrea Camp added the money is coming from $585,000, budgeted specifically for this project.

In other business, City Council:

• Approved a special events permit for the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Crabfest, set of Saturday, Oct 13, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Organizer Gail Severson said this year’s event will be the city’s 17th Crabfest.

• Declined to financially support the Craig Press’s “Let the Sun Shine In” workshop, saying council members have other means to receive education about Colorado’s Sunshine Laws.

• Declared the week of Sept 17 through 23 as Constitution Week. National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution member Ann Dodd read the proclamation. Dodd said the purpose of Constitution Week is to celebrate the drafting of the Constitution 231 years ago.

• Reappointed Darin Hickey, Justin Jenison, Paul Gowdy, and Victor Updike to four-year terms on the Building Department Board of Appeals and appointed Mike Charchalis to a four-year term on the board. Charchalis replaxces Dan Martin, who is stepping down.

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