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The Town of Paonia is considering a request for proposals for trash collection and disposal services. But whether the town will get out of the business of collecting trash is only in the discussion stage. The RFPs will be used to determine if contracting the service out is of benefit to the town and to taxpayers, said town administrator Ken Knight. "We clearly left in the proposal the right to reject all bids."

Trustees were presented with two versions of the draft RFP, one for trash removal as a stand-alone item, and a second for trash removal and a curbside recycling program, which the town currently doesn't offer. "This is simply a draft for discussion," Knight told the town board.

The request for the RFP came from the public works and parks services committee. Committee member David Bradford said the town hasn't always shown a profit from the service. Last year it lost money; this year it will make money. "The intent is to take a look at contracting and see if this would be a viable solution to the town," said Bradford.

While no decision is expected in the foreseeable future, Knight said he would like to see the RFP published before discussions on the 2018 budget begin in late summer and asked for comments from the board prior to the June 13 meeting. The draft RFP will be posted to the town's website.

The board also approved a resolution conveying water rights to the buyers of town-owned property located at 38784 Marsh Road. The purchasers' attorney discovered a water right for Norris Pond, located on the property, was not conveyed to the purchaser at closing, explained Knight. The resolution states that retaining the right is of no benefit to the town. "This could very well be considered an abandoned water right," since the prune orchard it is intended to water no longer exists, said Knight. That determination is up to the state.

The quit claim deed to the water right comes with "no warranties whatsoever," in conveying the water right, said Mayor Charles Stewart.

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