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Storage at Sunlight better than waterlines

Jim Mahan
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The road from Mountain Market up to Dry Park Road is where the majority of people on Four Mile Road live. That is approximately six of the 12 miles. More importantly, all of that road is brand new and completely done.

Starting from Dry Park, the next development is Oak Meadows, and after that very few people live on Four Mile.

Remember the sewer line from Spring Ridge to the Bershenyi Dip? And the two years they had to do it.



Sunlight Inc. had a two-season (2005-06) agreement for snowmaking with Sunlight Water Co. for delivery of water from the company’s Flannery Reservoir in the Threemile Creek Basin to Fourmile Creek via ditch delivery of the Black Diamond Creek to the Atkinson Ditch at the turnoff to the Black Diamond Mine Road. This is where most of the senior calls are. Sunlight Inc. took the water out of Fourmile Creek directly, by exchange.

The water that Sunlight Water brings over from the Flannery Reservoir, which dams up Threemile Creek and sends water by pipeline to Fourmile Creek, is called a trans-basin diversion (virgin water), and that water can not be called out by any senior in Fourmile. Sunlight Inc. can take the water out of Fourmile Creek by exchange with Sunlight Water Co.



In water court case 96CW585, Sunlight Inn and Realty, owned by the Brigham family, purchased 2.318 acre feet of water from Sunlight Water Co. for 20 rooms, 50-seat cafeteria, 50-seat lounge, three dwellings and 25 condos to be built.

Sunlight Inc. on Nov. 28, 2006, offered an option agreement (Sunlight Inc. Flannery Reservoir Option) to Sunlight Water Co. to purchase 100 acre-feet of storage capacity in Flannery Reservoir to provide a water supply to the Sunlight Mountain Resort by exchange for snowmaking and for all their development.

Water to be taken out of Fourmile above the sewer plant and treated at Sunlight Mountain Resort. No waterlines and no torn-up road for 12 miles with a traffic mess. The option was turned down by Sunlight Water Co. because they wanted a five-year option.

I’m 71 years old.

They also did not want Flannery water to be their primary source of water. They wanted the water as a backup.

The option shows that Sunlight Inc. knows the exchange will work. So why make everyone on Four Mile mad by tearing up the road (new part and old part), with a water line for 12 miles and no one knows for how many years? Why start your waterline below Mountain Market when you can start the water lines at Sunlight Mountain Resort? You don’t have to worry about rock (it’s always extra in contract) with pump stations, etc. All you need is storage, storage, and more storage plus good will on Four Mile Road, that is the way to go.

Think Snowmass Road: Make the road wider and repave, add lots of guard rails. Don’t give the people of Four Mile a great big mess and make them mad. Plus this is cheaper by millions of dollars.

Jim Mahan is a resident of the Fourmile area.


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