Public Works

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The Town of Mancos Public Works Department is divided into two main areas. They are the streets/utility distribution (water & sewer) and the water/wastewater plants operation.

Our Public Works Director is Terry Jennings.  Robin Schmittel is our Plant Operator. The Public Works Technician positions are held by Wes Coleman, Richard Baker and Keith Reschke.

Snow removal is done by the Public Works Streets Crew when accumulations reach approximately four inches. Removal starts around 3:30 in the morning to accommodate early risers. CDOT crews plow Grand Avenue and Main Street, and Town crews plow all secondary streets. Alleys are cleared only after all primary streets are cleared first.

Snow and Ice Removal Plan

In the event of a water and/or sewer emergency after hours, please contact Cortez Dispatch at (970) 565-8441.

Streets (General)

Except for Main Street, and Grand Avenue, most streets in town are gravel. The Town coats the streets with mag chloride to keep the dust down. Some storm drainage has been accomplished, but the Town has been working to upgrade its system.

The Town’s drinking water comes from the West Mancos River. Water is diverted from the river either through the Town’s diversion structure on the river, or through a supply stored at Jackson Gulch Reservoir. Current treatment capacity is one million gallons per day, and plant operation requires a Class B license.For more information about the Town’s water situation, including information about how the Town manages drought situations, please click on Water Management Plan. Wastewater is treated in an aerated lagoon system, then discharged back into the Mancos River downstream from the Town. Plant operation requires a Class D license. At this time the Town has been working to improve its water distribution and wastewater collection systems. This effort stems from a need to replace 50-year old clay pipes, as well as provide adequate infrastructure support for a growing population and business community.

Type Cost
Residential: $78.70 per month
Commercial: $80.30 per month
Churches/Schools/Government: $79.28 per month
Out-of-Town: All Users Double In-Town Rate
Base Gallons Allowed: 6,000

The cost per increment of 1,000 gallons beyond the initial 6,000 gallon minimum and up to 9,000 gallons is $2.00 per 1,000 gallons.  The cost per increment of 1,000 gallons beyond 9,000 gallons is $4.00 per 1,000 gallons A late fee of $10.00 per account shall be assessed on any bill which is not paid by the due date. Any bill which is carried for more than two consecutive billing cycles is subject to possible shut-off and a turn-off/turn-on penalty of $35.00 in addition to any late fees and past due amounts, all which shall be paid prior to reestablishment of service.

Additionally, turn off/turn on at property owner request is $30.00.

Tap Fees:

A Tap fee is hereby levied and assessed for any water connection made to any of the water lines or mains owned by the Town of Mancos, Colorado, and from the effective date of this Ordinance there shall be a tap fee paid prior to making any connection, in the following amounts:

Water Meter Size Water Tap Fee Plus Installation
¾” $5,646 tap fee plus installation & parts
1″ tap fee is negotiated
1 ½” tap fee is negotiated
2″ tap fee is negotiated
Over 2″ tap fee is negotiated

All users located outside the city limits shall be charged double the above rates. Commercial users classified as Hotel/Motel or Restaurant or other potential high user shall be required to purchase a minimum of a 1 ½” tap.

A tap fee is hereby levied, accessed, and charged for any sewer connection made to any of the sewer lines owned by the Town of Mancos, Colorado, and from the effective date of this Ordinance there shall be a tap fee paid, prior to making such connection, in the following amounts:

Sewer Hook-up & Line Size Sewer Tap Fee
¾” Hook-Up; 4″ Line Size $5,646 tap fee plus installation & parts
1″ Hook-Up; 6″ Line Size tap fee is negotiated
1 ½” Hook-Up; 6″ Line Size tap fee is negotiated

No water or sewer service can be extended to any property outside of the Town’s corporate limits without the property owner first signing a pre-annexation agreement with the Town.

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