$2M in grants awarded

Steamboat, Hayden, Oak Creek receive aid for water projects


— More than $2 million has been awarded to three Routt County municipalities to aid pending water or wastewater treatment projects.

The projects include replacing a water main in Steamboat, building a new wastewater treatment plant in Oak Creek and building a water line to Hayden's proposed site for a new police station.

The monies were handed out as part of an "out-of-cycle" grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Municipal Water/Wastewater Enhancement and Treatment Initiative.

Jack Kirtland, DOLA's field representative for Northwest Colorado, said the department received 54 applications from 17 counties totaling more than $30 million in fund requests. Around $21 million was awarded, he said.

"Typically we have three granting cycles available a year, though we added this initiative as a way to make sure that as the funds are coming in, we're making them available," he said.

A $402,000 grant awarded to the town of Hayden will take care of priority water projects for the next couple of years, town Manager Russ Martin said.

The town also received a $148,000 DOLA loan. The money from the loan is earmarked for a water line that would run to the proposed site for a police station just east of The Haven Assisted Living Center.

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said he started working with an architect on designs for the police station. Construction could start in early 2008.

Oak Creek Town Clerk Karen Halterman said receiving the $1 million the town applied for will help pay for costs overlooked in planning the town's rebuilding of the wastewater treatment plant. Such costs include collection line replacement and improvements, engineering costs and materials.

The town has nearly exhausted $450,000 in DOLA funds on engineering costs alone, she said. Those DOLA funds were awarded last year.

Construction on the town's new wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to begin in spring, she said.

Steamboat Springs officials said they plan on using the $750,000 the city received from DOLA to replace a badly corroded water main west of Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs applied for $900,000, she said.

Winnie DelliQuadri, the city's grant analyst, said replacing the water main will mean more reliable service for residents living west of Steamboat.

"We're really excited about being awarded the funds because we weren't sure how we were going to address replacing the main," she said. "By replacing this water main, we'll have greater reliability."

Construction to replace sections of the corroded water line is scheduled for summer, DelliQuadri said.


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