An agreement that brought good drinking water to undeveloped areas of the county and that dates generations came to an official end on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Town of Cedaredge and Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) closed on the final paperwork separating the two water providers from the cooperative operating agreements that once linked them.
Paperwork was signed and Cedaredge Mayor Gene Welch handed USC Board President Gerald Figueroa an envelope containing a check for $175,000 that buys out USC's last 20 percent ownership interest in the Cedaredge water collection and treatment system.
For over a decade, USC has treated water for its own customers in Upper Surface Creek, Cedar Mesa and Redlands Mesa with its own facilities, an operational independence that made the former operating agreement obsolete.
But USC still had investments in the town's water collection and treatment utility that its member/owners wanted to recoup for their private water company.
Discussions on a final separation -- legal and financial -- led to the courtroom where mediation brought about the $175,000 buyout deal that was consummated last week.
USC and the town still maintain a cross connection between their systems to provide for mutual aid in event of an emergency.
On May 18, officers of the Delta Police Department, with the assistance from the Delta County Sheriff's Office and Montrose County Sheriff's Office, conducted a search warrant at 960 Crawford Avenue, Delta. The warrant was related to drugs, drug use and possession, drug manufacturing and distribution, firearms, cell phones and any other items which may be illegal, stolen or otherwise implicating in criminal activity.