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Engineering contract approved by Garfield County Commissioners

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Garfield County Commissioners have approved a contract to hire an engineering firm to develop options for a new and upgraded water systems at the county airport.Commissioners approved a $37,604 initial contract to Nolte, an engineering firm with offices in Colorado, for the firm to conduct water and flow tests of existing water lines at the airport’s current buildings. The firm is also expected to come up with options for an upgraded water system at the airport and a new system to accommodate 25 new hangar parcels at the airport.The county is looking to install a new water system at the airport because the current water and sanitary sewer system will not support additional hangar space development. The airport is on a single water line that cannot provide adequate water flow and pressure needed for additional development, according to county officials.Brian Condie, airport manager of the Garfield County Airport, said cost was the most significant decision in the awarding of the contract, but not the only factor. He interviewed two companies and decided to go with Nolte because the firm has had aviation experience and knows how to build water systems for hangars.”They gave us the most options,” Condie said. “They were the most cost conscious.”A rough estimate of engineering and construction costs of the airport’s new water system is expected to be around $971,000, which includes an asphalt surface atop an access road to the airport.Although commissioners approved an initial $37,604 contract to Nolte for engineering work, engineering costs for the complete project are estimated to cost $194,000.Rifle city officials and the Rifle Fire Protection District have previously expressed concerns about the water system’s ability to provide sufficient coverage for the existing buildings. The county, fire district and city all agreed that no new construction would be approved until the water issue is addressed.Commissioner Larry McCown wondered about the engineering’s firm ability to meet the concerns of the fire department. Condie responded by saying the firm could design a water system from a single water line that would meet the fire department’s requirements.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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