July Meeting Schedule:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting @6:00pm @ Town Hall
Monday, July 6, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:00pm @ Town Hall
Monday, July 13, 2015 Finance Meeting @ 3:30pm @ Town Hall
Monday, July 20, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:00pm @ Town Hall
The I-76 Economic Development Group, and Upstate Colorado held an Imagination Bus Tour on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The Towns of Keenesburg, Hudson, and Lochbuie all had representatives on the buses to highlight areas in the towns that were available and ready for development. The participation was exceptional, bringing approximately 100 developers, realtors, contractors, investors, and site selectors through the three towns to showcase the available opportunities that are available along the I-76 corridor. A luncheon was held at the Wild Animal Sanctuary following the tour. This successful venture will likely become an annual event for the I-76 Economic Development Group.
The Town of Keenesburg is busily working on plans for several projects that we plan to have completed by the end of this year. First, we applied for a grant through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the town was awarded a grant in the amount of $195,839.00 to assist us in the installation of a new 250,000 gallon water storage tank just south of town located at the town’s blending facility. Once the grant contracts are signed we will be underway and issuing requests for bids for the installation of a glass lined tank. Next, we are looking at completing the waterline along CR 59 from Woodward to the town’s property just south of CR 14. This water line extension will give many residents along CR 59 the opportunity to purchase taps and have municipal water, this will also provide a more sustainable water source for the Weld Central Complex. And finally, we have been in the planning stages for a street project this year. We have evaluated all of the streets and formulated a plan to try to address the streets that need attention the most. We plan to use the street bond money in three different ways, some streets will be milled and overlaid, some will be chip sealed and a few will be total replacement. We had decided on a phased approach to get some of this work done this year, however when we recently sent out requests for bids, although it was sent to 12 different contractors we did not receive any response at the pre-bid meeting. We are currently looking at a purchasing website to get our request for bid out to as many contractors as possible. Due to the fact that no contractors responded to our initial request for bids we may end up delaying this project until next year and spending all of the bond money at once on one big project. We unfortunately will not be able to address all of the streets because we simply do not have enough money for a project of that size, but we will stretch the money that we have as far as we can. Please feel free to contact Town Hall with any questions.
The Town of Keenesburg has completed a water and sewer rate study in order to identify needed improvements to the system and how to complete those upgrades. We have developed a 20 year capital improvement plan, and based upon this study have made the determination that our rate structure needs to be changed and that our rates need to increase. The sewer rates have always been a flat rate, this structure will be changing. Effective October 1, 2015, we will look at everyone’s water use over the winter months of December, January, and February, calculate an average usage, and whatever that usage is that will be the billed usage for each resident through June of each year. The rate will include a base fee of $11.00, and a fee of $5.45 per 1000 gallons of usage. As an example if you average 6,000 gallons of water usage your bill would be $43.70 per month for sewer, and if you average 4,500 gallons of water usage your bill would be $35.52 per month. This structure is used by many municipalities because it reflects a more equitable way to calculate the sewer fee in that each residence will be charged for their contribution to the wastewater treatment plant, and the reason that the winter months are used to calculate this fee is because during the summer months many residents water their lawns, and this is not water that is making its way back to the treatment facility.
The water rates will use the same usage structure that is currently in place, with each level increasing as follows:
Current Rate Proposed increase Oct 1
0-6000 $27 $29.16
6001-10000 $2.25/1000 $2.43/1000
1001-20000 $3.25/1000 $3.51/1000
20001-40000 $4.00/1000 $4.32/1000
40001-60000 $5.00/1000 $5.40/1000
60001 up $6.00/1000 $6.48/1000
As an example if you used 15000 gallons of water the current rate would be $52.25, under the proposed rate increase your new bill would be $56.43.
The American Legion Post Jr Auxiliary will be hosting a monthly dinner to raise money to attend National Convention’s throughout the year. The dinners will be held on the second Friday of every month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The American Legion Post 180, 595 Railroad Ave Keenesburg. The cost for the dinner will be $8.00 per plate and will include full meal and desert. The dinners will be homemade and will vary each month. For more information and a full schedule please check their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/alajuniors180.
Relay for life of southern weld county will be hosting an event on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. There will be a car, truck and tractor show from 10:00am-2:00pm with a $25 donation for entry. Both events will take place at Weld Central High School. For more information please visit their website www.southernweldrelay.com.
The High Plains Library Bookmobile will be available on Thursdays throughout the summer at Schey Park. They will be at the park on July 2 and 16, and August 6 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
The annual South East Weld County Fair and Rodeo will be held from August 13-16, 2015. The theme for the Fair is Preserve the Past Plan the Future. The parade will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015 starting at 8:30am. For a full list of events please visit their website at www.sewcfair.com
The Sunflower Nationals Car Show will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 9:00am-3:00pm at Schey Park. There will be duck races and prize drawings. For vendor and registration information please call 303-536-4400 or 303-458-1546.
South East Weld Days will be held on August 15, 2015 at the South East Weld County Fair Grounds. There will be vendors available from 12:00pm-4:00pm, a beer garden from 12:00pm-8:00pm, antique tractor pulls from 7:00pm to close and antique tractors on display all day. This event is sponsored by the Keenesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and The South East Weld Chamber of Commerce. For vendor/event information please call Mark Kinnear 303-732-9700 or Ken Gfeller 303-732-9257.
Public Works Report
With summer upon us, the park is being used on a regular basis. Please make sure that you are cleaning up after yourselves and pets. The park is an area that kids enjoy running around barefoot as well as laying down in the grass. Let’s keep it enjoyable for everybody.