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Energy company to pay for reconstruction of County Road 306 near Parachute

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Garfield County commissioners on Monday approved an agreement with Noble Energy for the company to pay about $209,700 to rebuild County Road 306. The agreement comes after a Noble contractor, which was building a natural gas pipeline in the area, caused significant problems to County Road 306 that made parts of the roadway impassable. That road is about 10 miles southwest of Parachute.”Noble has agreed that it will reimburse the county for all reasonable construction costs incurred in restoring County Road 306 to its prior condition,” the agreement said.Several requirements like keeping one lane open to traffic, maintaining traffic control and using all-weather construction techniques to maintain the integrity of the road were not followed by the contractor, according to county officials. Noble later fired the contractor. Because of the problems, the commissioners voted to uphold a suspension of the company’s permit to build the pipeline. They also forced Noble to abandon the pipeline and to restore the road to its original condition. The county, using its emergency procurement process, selected Gardner Excavation to reconstruct and restore County Road 306 “to its original service level,” according to the agreement.The county commissioners will be responsible for supervision of the contract and for performance of the contract, the agreement shows. The county will directly compensate Gardner for work to rebuild County Road 306 from the county’s road and bridge fund.The Garfield County commissioners on Monday also approved an agreement with Sweetwater residents to provide about $25,000 and $4,000 in in-kind contributions for the community to construct a building that will house a fire protection vehicle. The Sweetwater community has been working for almost 612 years to build the fire protection building for an emergency response vehicle, said Sweetwater resident Bill Stephens. The next two goals for the community are to find an older brush truck that area residents may use to quickly combat a small fire and to establish fire training for those Sweetwater residents that will fight small fires.The Sweetwater community has been working to build the structure to house a fire-fighting vehicle so that local residents can quickly respond to fires that might ignite near their community, Stephens said. He said it takes about 30 to 45 minutes for emergency vehicles to arrive in the area.”We want to have some equipment out there to start combating a fire before the arrival of the fire protection district,” Stephens said.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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