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Silt may lower water, sewer fees for builders

Heidi Rice

Silt Town Trustees are considering lowering the water and sewer fees charged to residential builders in hopes of attracting more construction to the town.The measure would eliminate the fractual component – a policy in which the town charges extra fees for additional water-using facilities, such as a bathroom or laundry room added to a home.”The more you have, the more you pay in tap fees,” said Town Administrator Rick Aluise. “Fractual components are common from Parachute to Basalt for multifamily units, but where Silt is different is that we charge a fractual component for residential construction. The board is considering waiving that fee to see if it makes a difference in construction.”In 2004, the town received $19,775 for fractual component water fees and $19,775 for the same in sewer fees. To offset the fee waiver, the town would need to have an increase in construction.Some board members are in favor of the waiver and some aren’t, Aluise said. A resolution will go to the next town board meeting on Feb. 14. If it should pass on two readings, it would not go into effect until the end of March.In other town business:• Trustees have made a land offer to Colorado Mountain College, which is seeking to relocate the Rifle campus from its current location on Railroad Avenue. CMC officials have been looking at alternate sites from New Castle to Parachute.The town is offering 12 acres west of the Ferguson Crossing development, north of the Colorado River and south of Interstate 70.”I think Silt would be a perfect location for it with the new (Coal Ridge) high school going in and the proximity from the highway,” Aluise said. “It would be a fantastic benefit to the town and the community and would spur other things for us.”The CMC board will consider all offers at its meeting on Feb. 7 at the Rifle campus.• The town unanimously adopted a resolution stating its position on the BLM’s management plan for the Roan Plateau, stating that there should be no oil and gas drilling on the top.Like New Castle and Carbondale, the town supports the Community Alternative, which recommends deferring all drilling on top during the 20-year life of the management plan, unless the gas can be extracted through directional drilling so it doesn’t disturb the land on top.


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