ADMINISTRATOR’S MONTHLY UPDATE
for the TOWN BOARD OF TRUSTEES and the MANCOS COMMUNITY
This Monthly Update is a supplemental report for inclusion in the Town Board of Trustees agenda packet, distributing to the community, and for posting on the Town website. It is for informational purposes. Items herein may or may not warrant Board of Trustees discussion, and do not require action unless noted on the meeting agenda.
WATER METER PROJECT WELL UNDERWAY, LEADING TO NEW EFFECIENCES
The Mancos Streets Department is working hard to install new water meters town-wide. The project is funded through a grant with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, along with a local match from town funds. Three quarters of the new lead free meters have been installed to date. Streets staff will be rebuilding close to 100 water meter pits this spring and summer to complete the project. The new water meters are equipped with meter reading software that allows town staff to drive by to collect the readings. Monthly meter reading throughout town used to take two days and now town staff will be able to read the entire town’s meters in only an hour. The new meters are also more accurate in detecting water usage. Some water customers may notice a difference in their water bills after the new meter is installed. Through this project, the town’s water usage will be more accurate and will save staff time.
WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BREAKS GROUND
Crews are mobilizing and conducting initial earthwork for the Mancos water system improvement project. This critical project involves construction of a new 430,000 gallon water storage tank, improvements to the pump house, installation of a backup power switch, and new water lines near the plant. This million dollar project is funded by local funds, contribution from a local developer, a loan from the USDA Rural Development Office, and a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The project is being managed by Action Direct LLC dba Redpoint Contracting. The goal end date for the project is late August.
TOWN RECOGNIZES ARBOR DAY ON APRIL 17
The Town of Mancos Tree Board is celebrating National Arbor Day and Colorado Arbor Day on April 17. Tree Board members will be partnering with the Mancos Schools to share tree saplings and information about the importance of trees in the community. Volunteers will plant a tree to commemorate the day and the Mayor will read a proclamation at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 8. The Tree Board recently received a grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition to purchase and plant new trees in town. Residents and businesses who are interested in receiving a tree to plant in the tree lawn/right-of-way area of their property should contact Town Hall.
FEEDBACK NEEDED ON CREATIVE DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN
The Mancos Creative District is in its first year of candidacy for certification through Colorado Creative Industries. The purpose of the program is to leverage the arts, culture, and history of the Mancos Valley for economic development purposes. Partners in the Creative District are the Mancos Valley Arts Council, the Mancos Valley Historical Society, the Mancos School of the West, the Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Mancos, the Painted Turtle Community Arts Center, the Mancos School District and the Mancos Library. At this time, the steering committee is seeking community input on the Five Year Strategic Plan for the district. Please take a moment to complete the survey online here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MancosCreativeDistrictSurvey. For more information about the Mancos Creative District, please visit our web site at www.mancoscreativedistrict.com.
- Mancos Valley Summit, April 18: The purpose of the half day event is to gather ideas from business owners, community leaders, and the public on a variety of topics. The summit will be held at the Mancos Community Center at 130 Grand Avenue from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, contact Chelsea Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hwy 160 Corridor Public Input Session, April 23: Community feedback is needed on ways to improve the Highway 160 Corridor through Mancos. CDOT and the Town of Mancos will hold a public information session at the Mancos Community Center at 130 Grand Avenue from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, contact Town Hall.
- Town Wide Spring Cleanup, May 2 and 3: Residents can bring their unwanted household items, junk and scrap metal and tires to the Public Works Shop on S. Monte and Riverside Ave. for disposal. There is a small fee for disposal of tires. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.