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CSWD authorizes engineering study

by Carol Dunn

CUCHARA- At the January 8 meeting, the Board of the Cucharas Sanitation and Water District authorized GMS Engineering to proceed with engineering and environmental studies for revitalization of the resort water plant.  The studies will be valid for one year and are required in order to apply for any available stimulus funding.  CSWD is 19th in line at GMS to have the studies completed, and the Board is still hoping to receive grant money to fund part or all of the estimated $10,000-$20,000 cost.  Studies will also be completed on a sewer extension for 12-15 customers in the Spanish Peaks subdivision, the last sewer extension the District will contract out.

    General Manager Bob Northup reported that the SCADA system at the resort plant is now working.  It required reprogramming and replacement of a damaged wire.  Northup said the District will replace about 2,000 feet of wire next spring with “gopher proof” wire.  He reported that the staff is working on refinishing the floors at the wastewater treatment plant with epoxy-based paint.

    Northup said a couple freeze-breaks have been repaired, and one was an old galvanized pipe.  Referring to the recent frigid temperatures, Board member Dan Brewer said, “I think we’re probably fortunate we haven’t had more.”

    The District will be posting the agenda for its monthly meeting 72 hours in advance at the CSWD office, the Country Store, and the Recreation Center.

    The Board adjourned to executive session to discuss salaries and possible bonuses.