Fort Lupton council sides with Metro Wastewater -- for now

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Fort Lupton City Council voted 5-2 to start negotiations with Metro Wastewater for necessary improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Chris Ceretto and Tommy Holton voted no. Ceretto didn't comment during council's April 20 meeting. Holton objected to Fort Lupton's lack of voting power on the Metro board earlier in the ongoing discussion about how best to pay for the $38 million in required improvements.

The vote lets staff start negotiations with the district but does not bind the city to any sort of financial agreement.

Resident Ron Schyler, an engineer for more than 50 years, spoke to the issue twice. He said the decision would be “political,” and cautioned council about the lack of say in operations if it went with Metro.

"I like the idea of keeping it," he said later in the hearing. "It's a feel-good position from a guy who treats wastewater plants all over the country."

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is requiring cities with wastewater plants to take steps to reduce the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen in their wastewater. Council voted earlier to explore the bond market to help offset the cost. Bonds won't come up for sale until sometime in the fall.

We'll have more in the April 28 issue of the Fort Lupton Press.

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