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Council approves flood repair costs

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By Jeremy Johnson

FORT LUPTON — Repair costs linked to the September 2013 floods continue to linger even in Fort Lupton, where city council on July 21 approved a nearly $32,000 leak test mandated by the state.

Council members, sans Mayor Tommy Holton, who was absent, approved a motion to permit J&T Consulting to conduct a state-mandated 90-day test at the Perry Pit service pond at a cost “not to exceed” $31,670.

That amount is only a portion of the costs involved as FEMA grants and state funding have made up more than 85 percent of the costs, according to the city administrator and project contractor.

The Perry Pit is a gravel operation owned by Consolidated Mutual that includes water storage near the intersection of Route 85 and Weld County Road 6. The city leases space in the pit in order to sell water to oil and gas industry for drilling operations.

J.C. York, of J&T, told council the test was initially scheduled for 45 days but doubled by the Office of the State Engineer, also known as the Colorado Division of Water Resources.

Councilwoman Shannon Rhoda asked York why Fort Lupton is responsible for any of the costs since the pit is owned by a third party. York and city administrator Claud Hanes explained that, since the city is leasing space in the pit for profit, they are also responsible for maintenance, including the leak test – not covered by FEMA grants like other repairs. 

The city’s contract with Consolidated Mutual is through 2016, with an option to extend the contract an additional three years.

Hanes said the water pit was breached by the Sept. 12, 2013 flooding that impacted a total of 15 Colorado counties, including Weld County, which suffered millions of dollars in damages when the South Platte River breached its banks. Thousands of homes, agricultural plots and commercial properties in Weld County were damaged, along with bridges and roads.

 

Other news

Council approved the transfer of the liquor license of the Cork and Cap in Fort Lupton to Bajwa Brothers LLC of Greeley. The new owners will retain the same store name, according to city officials.

• Council also approved the purchase of a new backup and retention server for City Hall, not to exceed $7,749.

• City Clerk Nanette Fornof said the citywide yard sale held July 19 was a big success, drawing more than 50 participants.

 

Contact Staff Writer Jeremy Johnson
at 303-659-2522, ext. 217, or
jjohnson@metrowestnewspapers.com.