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Silt hopes to tap contractors’ interest

Heidi Rice

The town of Silt is lowering a portion of its water and sewer tap fees in the hopes of attracting building contractors and homeowners back to town.Silt Town Trustees unanimously agreed this week to waive the “fractional component” of the town’s tap fees – a policy in which the town charged extra fees for additional water-using facilities in a home, such as extra bathrooms and laundry facilities.”There will be no limit on bathrooms, and we won’t charge for fixtures such as a wet bar, hot tub or extra drains,” said community development director Janet Steinbach. “This will bring us in line with other communities.”Until now, Silt was the only community in the valley to still charge for fractional components for residential construction. The practice, however, is still in place for multifamily housing units from Parachute to Basalt.”We are welcoming contractors and homeowners back into Silt with open arms,” said Trustee Dave Moore. “I think we’re on the cutting edge – we’re seeing great things happening for Silt.”In other town business:Trustees instructed town staff to draft an emergency ordinance to route heavy truck traffic to one street in order to prevent damage to other city streets leading north out of town.”We want to put truck traffic on a designated route,” Steinbach said. “We’re not trying to keep trucks off the (Silt) Mesa, but Seventh Street was just not built to take it.”The designated route will be on First Street and will apply to all heavy trucks – including delivery, service, sand and gravel and semis.The potential of oil and gas development – and heavy truck traffic – north of the Colorado River prompted the emergency ordinance, according to Moore.”We’re concerned about how much negative impact oil and gas will have on the town, such as dust, pollution, roads and streets,” Moore said. “We’re looking at how we can recoup the negative impacts and how we can make the oil and gas industry pay for the damage they do to the town.”The emergency ordinance will come before trustees at their next meeting, on Feb. 28.


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