Council breaks open the check book

Fitness park, water project and sewer service get city benefit

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/25/22

Fort Lupton City Council spent some money at its Jan. 18 business meeting. Council voted 7-0 to approve a $25,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign for a new fitness park at Railroad Park, …

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Council breaks open the check book

Fitness park, water project and sewer service get city benefit

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Fort Lupton City Council spent some money at its Jan. 18 business meeting.

Council voted 7-0 to approve a $25,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign for a new fitness park at Railroad Park, across the street from the city’s recreation center. Council also approved the purchase and installation of the court. The price tag is $115,000, though the grant from the fitness campaign will cut that cost some.

Council also approved payment of no more than $66,112 from the water sales tax fund for this year’s Windy Gap Firming Assessment. The money goes to the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

According toits website, the Windy Gap project is supposed to provide a more reliable water source for the Front Range and the Western Slope. Staff notes said the district settled a lawsuit against the project for a total of $15 million. In exchange, project supporters agreed to address concerns about water quality and impacts on the area’s ecology.

That sum will be paid out in intervals corresponding to specified milestones in dam construction, staff notes said. The first installment – $5 million –is due this year. Staff notes said the city of Fort Lupton has almost 1,200 units of Windy Gap Firming, which makes the city’s assessment liability a bit more than $66,000.

Council’s vote was unanimous.

One more approval

Council also approved a service agreement with Rodolfo Melendez and Hilda Manzo for sanitary sewer service in the 1400 block of 14th Street. The pair purchased the property and built a new home. Even though the home is in Weld County, the couple wanted a sanitary sewer service connection to the city’s mains east of the home.

The agreement includes a 5-year payment plan of monthly installments with the service billing. The rate is $158.33. The city also charged a $38.75 monthly flat charge without a water meter connection

Council’s vote was unanimous.

Historic Appointment

Council also approved a resolution to reappoint Ginny White to the city’s historic preservation board. Her three-year term expires Jan. 18, 2025.

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