Fort Lupton council opens up the checkbook

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Fort Lupton City Council approved contracts and other financial business during its business meeting April 19.

Among them was $72,000 to buy more than two tons of zinc orthophosphate for the city's water treatment plant. The money comes from the water treatment plant repair and maintenance fund.

Jon May, the public safety director and wastewater/water plant operator for the city, said the material helps knock down corrosion in the water pipes and has done so for almost 20 years without issues.

"There's only one company that meets the national safety standards," May told council, saying that firm is ChemQuest Co.

"Foreign countries say, 'We meet them (the safety standards).' But most people don't use foreign companies," May said. "We've used Chemquest since the start. If you approve, we won't need to reorder until 2025."

The state ordered the city to add corrosion-control chemicals 20 years ago to meet federal lead and copper regulations for drinking water, according to staff notes.

An option would have put the city in the position of asking for an engineering study to change the corrosion control methods. 

"We could not be successful" with this option, the staff notes said.

Council's vote was unanimous.

Supplemental budget

Council also unanimously approved a $1.9 million supplemental budget resolution, retroactive to Dec. 31.

Financial Director Leann Perino said five funds — the street improvement sales tax fund, the cemetery fund, the stormwater drainage enterprise fund, the golf course enterprise fund, the utility wastewater enterprise fund — overspent their budgets last year. The amounts ranged from $120 to more than $1.5 million.

Staff notes said approval means the expenses and end-of-year fund balances are correct and brings the balances back into line with state law.

There was no discussion.

Pickleball plans

Council OK'd a proposal from Gerardo Concrete for the construction of two pickleball courts in Railroad Park. The capped cost is a bit more than $41,000, and the money comes from the culture, parks and recreation sales tax fund.

Doug Cook, the aquatics supervisor for the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, said the total cost for the courts -- including fencing -- totaled $55,000 and would come in under budget. Work could start as soon as mid-May.

Subdivision improvement

Council's last expenditure approval — by another unanimous vote — involves an agreement for more than $1.6 million worth of subdivision improvements at the Cottonwood Greens subdivision near Ninth Street and College Avenue. Council OK'd the subdivision's fourth planned urban development in November.

The agreement calls for the construction of water, nonpotable water and sanitary sewer main extensions inside the fourth filing for the Cottonwood Greens subdivision.

Public Works Director Roy Vestal said the contract also includes roadway construction, landscape and storm drainage improvement systems. it also includes money for the city to improve parts of Ninth Street on the southern edge of the development.

Staff notes said the developer, Cottonwood Development Partners, has to construct certain public improvements as a condition of subdivision approval.

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