Glenwood Wastewater Treatment Plant contractor’s equipment vandalized
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The contractor selected for the Glenwood Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant project didn’t receive a warm welcome this past weekend.
According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, four pieces of equipment recently brought to the site of the new facility were vandalized over this past weekend.
The equipment reportedly belongs to Salida-based Moltz Construction, which was awarded the contract for the new wastewater project.
Wilson said that police determined Monday that someone entered the construction site of the new wastewater plant west of Glenwood Meadows, and vandalized several pieces of equipment. The acts of vandalism included spray painting on some of the equipment, smashing another piece of equipment under a trailer, and discharging a fire extinguisher in the cab of a front-end loader.
Several local contractors and citizens have voiced opinions regarding the city of Glenwood Springs selecting an out-of-area contractor for the $22.3 million project during the current economic recession – a time when local contractors are struggling to find work.
However, Wilson called the incident a random act of violence and estimated the extent of the damage was around $200. He said that he didn’t see anything that would point to this incident specifically targeting the contractor or the project.
“I’d have to say that at this point, since it’s the first occurrence, there’s nothing to target the project or the company or anything of that nature,” Wilson said.
No arrests have been made in the case. Wilson said that along with vandalism charges, suspects face misdemeanor trespassing charges as well.
City Manager Jeff Hecksel was not aware of the vandalism Tuesday, but he agreed that it seemed more like a random act of violence rather than a specific act targeting Moltz Construction.
Moltz Construction did not return a phone call Tuesday seeking comment.
A groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for May 21, according to Hecksel, and is scheduled for completion in spring 2012.
The new facility will include a lift station at the confluence location that will be connected to the new facility by a force main. The new facility will be located to the west of the Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center on the old Chatfield property.
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