The Orchard City Town Board received copies of the proposed 2014 budget at its October meeting. The document calls for a total $2.29 million in spending.
More than half of that spending will come in the water fund. Major projects proposed include the following: $270,000 for in-town pipeline improvements, notably to the Kettle/Kermit and Vela Lane water lines; $20,000 for leak detection equipment; and other projects replacing meter pits and treatment plant improvements.
The town has budgeted $200,000 for improvements to the Tank Hill storage structure with funds to come from the water capital construction fund. The automation improvements are intended to cut system water loss.
General fund spending of $328,172 includes $40,000 for a fire house expansion. The road fund will expend $366,857 including $150,000 in chip seal maintenance to town roads.
In other business at their October regular meeting, the Orchard City trustees dealt with the following matters:
• The trustees agreed to an increase in the emergency call system charges that residents' see on their phone bills. The 75-cent charge will be raised to $1 per month.
Mayor Don Suppes called the increase "a necessary evil." Trustee Marsha Thomas and two other trustees approved the increase "with reservations." Thomas thought citizens should have had an opportunity to express opinions on the raise.
The charge comes on phone bills in the form of a "franchise fee" which can be assessed without voter approval. The extra money is needed to upgrade the county's 911 emergency call system due to large increases in use, Suppes told trustees.
Town resident Willie LaPlante noted "We've addicted ourselves to these phones, and now we have to pay the piper."
• Trustees heard a constituent presentation in support of the Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District ballot question on increased debt levels.
• The town's planning commission is looking for a new member to fill a vacancy.
• A liquor license renewal for Delirious Liquors was approved.blog comments powered by Disqus