GDPUD OKs water plant loan

By From page A1 | May 23, 2014

The board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District approved pursuing a state loan to fund the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant at a meeting Tuesday night.

The special meeting was held specifically to discuss whether or not to pursue a 20-year, zero interest loan from the state to pay for the plant. However, to qualify for the loan the district has to put 20 percent of the loan amount down in advance.

After discussion, the board voted to approve taking the state’s offer.

Interim General Manager George Sanders said they are looking at an $8 million loan from the state.

Last year when plans for the plant were bid out, the lowest bid came in at $9.6 million for construction costs alone.

The district also has a grant from the EPA of approximately $1.1 million plus a Proposition 50 grant from the state which is expected to cover the balance of the cost of construction.

Sanders said the revised plans for the water treatment plant have been prepared and are currently being reviewed by the state. There is no estimate of when that review will be complete.

The district will also have to undertake another Proposition 218 process in order to pay for the plant. However that is several months off, according to Sanders.

In other actions, the board discussed the budget for the next fiscal year, including exploring ways to reduce operating expenses. Those discussions are ongoing.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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