Saguache board discusses water issues

SAGUACHE — The Saguache Town Board met Monday to review its proposed budget and discuss a water quality improvement grant, also to address water table problems plaguing town residents.

Town Clerk Iris Garcia gave a rundown of the meeting Tuesday, reporting that trustees passed a resolution approving the water quality grant and the approved the proposed budget following the required budget hearing. The town’s mill levy also was certified with the county.

Trustees approved applications for credit cards for town employees and also approved their holiday schedule.

Several town residents have reported issues with rising water levels beneath their homes recently, Garcia said. This can be attributed to either a high water table or irrigation issues. The town will address the problem by consulting with the STM engineer on board for the town’s water system overhaul.

STM, from their Gunnison office, will likely consult with a hydrologist to determine the cause of the problem and address it. The town also with contact state authorities to ask for advice and any possible assistance concerning the water levels.

The town also approved a motion to add an extra billing cycle to this month and discussed a new payroll schedule, necessary to stay within state guidelines.

The town will issue bonuses for employees this year, with new employees receiving $350 and employees with the town for a longer period $450. The board also granted a fee waiver to the county to use the community building for certain events.

Employee reports were given and a name change for the town’s wireless carrier was announced.

An executive session was held at the close of the meeting to conduct contract negotiations.


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