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Cucharas water board refers Briggs letter to attorney

by Carol Dunn

CUCHARA– At its April 9 meeting, the Board of the Cucharas Sanitation and Water District referred to the District’s water attorney a proposed agreement that was submitted by Dr. Charles “Randy” Briggs, owner of the Grandote Peaks Golf Course and development.  Briggs would like the District to drop its opposition to a water court case that would allow Briggs to convey 100 acre-feet of storage water to the Town of La Veta.  According to General Manager Bob Northup, Briggs has met with representatives of the City of Walsenburg about the case, which involves Coler Ditch.  Northup said, “Our opposition to this case would hurt his position.”  Northup added, “He wants us to sign off on it, and I don’t think we should, especially the way it’s written up.”  Echoing a comment from the District’s attorney, Chairman Leon Skaggs said, “Why should we roll over on our back and play dead?  We need to have something concrete in writing about how this affects the District’s water rights.”

    Northup told the Board that work for the crew during the past month has either involved plowing snow or “playing” in the mud.  Several of the Board members mentioned reports that Cucharas has had right around 300 inches of snow this season.

    Northup said GMS Engineering will help the District determine whether it is more economical to move the ski resort water tank to Pine Haven or sell it for scrap and buy another one.  He said the agreement with GMS Engineering has been signed, and the environmental assessment reports for planned water and sewer lines discussed at previous meetings are still on schedule to be finished in July.

    About 250 ballots for the District’s election of board members will be mailed during the week of April 12.  Three seats are up for election, those of James Howard, Leon Skaggs and Dan Brewer.  Eligible voters are property owners in the District who are active registered voters in the State of Colorado.  Ballots may also be picked up at the District office until May 4 and must be received in the District office by 7:00 pm on May 4.  Administrative Assistant Renee Albright reminded the public, the ballots must be received by May 4 to be counted.  That is not a “postmark” date.