Latham dike breaks; area cleared ' By MIKE PETERS Â·" and RED EDGERTON ""I . Tribune Waff Writers l ;.'"Fifty homes and thousands of head of '.cattle are'endangered by the water. We ;,may have to dynamite some roads or Â·"ditches in order to relieve some of the 'pressure." ; Â·'Â·Â·Those were the words of County Com- missioner Roy Moser Thursday as he surveyed waters rushing from Latham Reservoir east of La Salle. The reservoir's north dike broke open at 9:30a.m. Thursday sending millions o f ' gallons of water over the surrounding farm land. The most immediate danger was to the elaborate home of Robert Stroman, which was recently finished. The home is located about a half mile north of the reservoir. Soon after the dike broke, the waters crossed the road in front of the house, surrounding it. State highway department, workers' dug through ditch banks to relieve the high -waters which completely surrounded the home. ' The La Salle Fire Department sent volunteers around to homes in the area to warn residents of possible -evacuation. Cattle were also herded from the area as quickly as possible. ' A county road north of the reservoir was the first to wash out, and lead-in roads were closed by the highway department. A section of railroad track .^Original Script Written by Horace GreeJey in 1871 '.: VOL. 65, NO. 146 GREELEY, COLORADO 80*31 ANDTHE GREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 THURSDAY, APRIL 12,1973 Overpass project stalled by land owner By RED EDGERTON Tribune Staff Writer ,,.An impasse between county officials ind Carl Meyer, owner of land adjoining part of the overpass construction at U.S. 34 by-pass and 23rd Avenue, was brought to light Wednesday at the regular weekly (heeling of the Weld County Com. missioners. . ;,. County Engineer Byron Ewing said the . impasse had been reached because .Meyer wants 34 free water taps, a sewer' connection and apartment zoning in .exchange for an easement of 20 feet wide . by about 1,197 feet long. . Ewing said the land would be an easement and not a dedication so that . Meyer would still own the land. , Ewing pointed out that the land is needed now, so that utility poles can be . relocated and grading for the construction project can continue. Â·Wayne Capron, district engineer for ' the state highway department, was at the meeting and said that the impasse has Â·slowed progress at the overpass construction site and that the contractors had asked for extra time and money on the project because of the delay. He said the utility poles had to be moved before Â·any further grading work could be undertaken. Ewing said the city had agreed to extend the sewer line to the boundary of the Meyers properly, but could not give the 34 water taps or free sewer tap. County Attorney Sam Telep pointed out that it was illegal for the city or the county to give free sewage or water taps to anyone. County Commissioner Glenn Billings said he would attempt to talk with Meyer and if he failed to reach an accord, other action would have to be taken. Tclep said that condemnation proceedings by the county would take 10 days or less and it was agreed that if Billings could not make some agreement Inside the Tribune (44 pages, 2 sections) Abby Agri-news Classified Comics Crossword Editorial Heloise Horoscope 21 14-15 39-43 32 32 4 20 33 Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TV log Weather Wm'spgs. 6 43 6 36-38 34-35 32 6 18-21 Today's press run: 18,21)7 with Meyers that the county would launch condemnation proceedings. The commissioners approved a resolution authorizing County Finance Office Barton Buss to advertise for bids for a new county welfare building to meet county, state and federal requirements. It was pointed out that the county has already received several proposals for such a building. The resolution specified that, the county would select the site of the building, but it would be built on land furnished by the successful bidder. The county would' have an option to purchase the building after a period of five years. Commissioner Billings said that meetings will be held with bidders beginning at 9 a.m. April 24. He listed four points on which the county would place special emphasis regarding the bids. First of these is lhat the building be durable and long-lived. Second is that the county have an option to buy; third is that the building meet all county, stale and federal specifications for a welfare building, and fourth is that it meet all the Â· first three requirements and still be built at a reasonable cost per square foot. Â· In other action, a letter from District Attorney Robert Miller to the commissioners pointed nut that a new division of the County Court would be opening May l and would probably become permanent by July 1 of this year. Miller said there were already 43 jury trials set for the new court and that this would require that his office have a deputy in the court lo try cases. He said that because of Ihe already overwhelming case load, he was requesting another depuly district attorney at an annual salary of about $13,000 per year. This would mean an actual expenditure of about $7,500 for the balance of this year. Miller's letter pointed out that many cases are being dismissed now because they cannot be tried within the six months time limit required. Miller's letter pointed out that the addition of a new county court at budget time was unforseen and that increased population and crime load in all courts, as well as increased incidence of crime, were responsible. The commissioners held over action on Miller's request. The commissioners approved a resolution authorizing joint purchase, with the City of Greeley, of the Peterson farm adjoining Weld County Municipal airport. This action had been approved earlier by the airport board and Greeley city council. Four bids for tires for county owned Boys' Club honors two benefactors Thesixth annual awards banquet of the Boys' Club of Greeley Wednesday highlighted the week long celebration of National Boys' Club Week with 33 members receiving awards for outstanding work and activity for the club. Prior to the presentation of awards, Dr. Hal Jourdan, past president, announced that the chapter will soon be known as the George Colman Chapter. Colman was Ihe founder of the Greeley club with the selection of the first board of directors in 1962. Besides member awards, Albert Eurcsti was named Boy of Ihe Year and was presented a plaque and a $25 savings bond from the Greeley Woman's Club. Also receiving awards were Phylabe. Houston, Womnn-Boy Award, and Hu-. bert Littler, Man-Boy Award. Dr. Jour- oW Was presenled a plaque of appreciation. NÂ«mcd as miw officers lo serve for two- yÂ«Â«f terms were Norman Noo, presl- dwii; Pete Zimmerman, vice president; Ken Eckhardt, treasurer, and Dr. Tom Boyle, secretary. In conjunction w i t h week long celebration titled, "Good News About Good Kids," Ken Grafft said lhat nearly 1,100 clubs will take part in Ihe celebration spotlighting Ihe youth-guidance drive against juvenile delinquency. Grafft added, "it's lime that the good kids reclaim some of the attention they have lost lo the headline grabbers such as thieves, muggers, dope users and the like. If we don't give recognition to boys who are not enemies of society now, society will have lo fool a bigger bill later on. We believe It's lime America heard some good news about good kids." He explained that Ihe local club, along with every Boys' Club in the movement, conducts a wide variety of programs and projects for all boys, ngcs 7 through 17. "If a boy Is good, we help him stay that way," GrÂ»ffl said. "If he's bud we try to put him on the right track to become better." vehicles were approved by the commissioners. Successful bidders were Firestone store, $4,592.20; Consumers Oil Company, $20,634.74; Northern General Tire, $12,346.20 and Schierman's Service Center, $8,736. Winograd's Steel was low bidder on three items of steel girders for a tolal of $47,488.98. Ihree' miles north of the reservoir was reportedly washed out. Commissioner Glenn Billings said there was a possibility that the town of Kersey was in the most danger, and the residents there were alerted for evacuation. According to officials at Ihe scene, the reservoir was swollen from recenl snow' run-off. Apparently, Ihe water began washing over the dike during Ihe night, and gradually wore away the remaining dirt. Water running through the hole in the dike rapidly washed away more dirt, and Ihe hole widened. At the old Auburn school site East of Evans, the waler rose abmil a 1 fool in 45 minules, crossing the road and Ihreat- ening Ihe Wadsworlh family, who now live in Ihe remodeled school building. Trucks hauling stranded catlle out of Ihe vicinity of Ihp Orr,. Croissant and Dumler houses, were able to make it without too much Irouble, bul several passenger cars stalled and had lo be pulled out. Â· From the Auburn school sile, Ihe water was running botli east and west and will run north as Ihe flow increases. Tribune Sports Editor Marcus Newton walked a mile south of Ihe Auburn school lo Ihe houses mentioned above and then FLOOD WATERS -- Sgt. Jerry Rowe of the Weld County Sheriff's Office stands guard at a county road a half mile north of Latham Reservoir Thursday morning. The rushing water from the earthen dike moved through farm lands rapidly, traveling four miles in Vk hours, according to reports. ' (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) Legislative panel to decide who will control state water By RON TOLLEFSON Tribune Staff Writer DENVER - State Engineer C. J. Kuiper hopes members of a legislative committee will decide whether they want his office, the State Water Conservation Board or a proposed system of state basin authorities to deal with projects for better water use. This potential of triple duplication arose Wednesday as the Natural Resources Committee of the Colorado House conducted hearings on two water- management bills. One Bill (HB 1303), sponsored by Rep. Walt Younglund, R-New Raymer, would authorize the stale engineer's office to build and operate state irrigation wells. These wells would have to be built without jeopardizing existing surface and ground water rights, the bill says. They would provide water to those holding senior rights on stream flows during low-water periods so they would not be forced to insure their water rights by placing a call on the river. The second bill (HB 1274), being carried by Rep. Carl Showaltcr, R- Greeley, would create seven river basin authorities based on existing boundaries for Colorado's seven water adjudication districts, . Seven-member boards would preside over the authorities. They would consist of three ground water and three surface water users plus one director not a water appropriator in the basin. All' would be appointed by the district water judge. The basin authority boards would be empowered to build and operate wells, ditches, dÂ«ms, reservoirs and other management projects and would hove the power to condemn land for such project!. They also could designate basin areas where surface waters could be used for recreational purposes. The authorities would be financed by basin-wide properly taxes plus funds from the state not exceeding half the local amount. Shnwalter's bill would take effect July 1. Following lengthy testimony on the Younglund bill and limited remarks on the Showalter measure, both are continued until the next Natural Resources Committee meeting Monday. Both Kuiper and Ken Broadhurst, an attorney for the Denver Water Board, pointed to the three ways the committee could go in authorizing a framework for better water management. And Kuiper pointed to what he saw as failings of the Younglund bill. "I must agree with the lawyers on this bill," Kuiper told the committee. "It's too simple. It should either go further, or not so far. And I doubt you'll ever completely eliminate the potential for a call on the South Plalte." Kuiper said the bill left questions of who would pay for water delivered by a state well system and how the system ' would bo funded, and did not speak to impact on ground-water recharge areas. He said state reservoirs might be necessary to resupply any losses to recharge areas. Both Kuiper and Broadhurst pointed out existing law gives authority to the The weather NORTHEAST COLORADO - Fair to partly cloudy through Friday. Highs Friday in 60s. Lows tonight mostly 30s. Variable winds 5 to u m.p.h. Precipitation probabilities 5 per cent tonight and Friday. State Water Conservation Board to build such wells, although it has not been used. Art Andersen Jr. of Ault, secretary- treasurer of t h e Weld County Underground Water Users Association, indicated general support for the bill, although he questioned one section giving the governor power to declare emergencies and use water from the wells to meet them. Andersen asked if such language might allow trans-basin pumping. I.ou Rinaldo of Sterling, a former legislator and shareholder in the Sterling No. 1 Ditch Co., said lie would refuse water from state wells to meet his share of the senior stream rights held by that company. He argued this might lead to gradual erosion of the senior surface rights. However, Kuiper noted existing state law requires senior approprialors to accept varying means of delivery in fulfilling their senior rights. Kuiper said projects such as the Narrows Dam proposal, would be very helpful in management of South Platte water. Hut he echoed doubts that federal funding could he expected and said such projects may have to depend on stale and local funding. Younglund said later he had been attempting to write a simple, easily understood bill allowing the state wells. But he said he would agree to amendment of his measure. Shownller, carrying his basin authority bill, told the committee that debate on the stale well bill showed the need for basin-wide management. Kuiper Inter snid that (is they now arc written, both hills provide duplicate systems for providing n water management tool such as slate wells. had to wade through nearly hip deep water less than an hour later. Victor Klein of Kersey said that the whole town of Kersey might well be under water from the break which had widened to 100 feet by noon. Paul Hoshiko said that he thought the ditch spillways north of Auburn school would handle the runaway water, but there was talk shortly before noon of dynamiting some of the ditches to ease the pressure. Reports at Auburn school said that Kersey schools would be dismissed at noon and the students taken north across the river. Slate patrolmen and others at Ihe scene estimated that as many as 50 farm homes might be damaged by Ihe water. Water is following t h e ' L a t h a m ditch and Ihe Union Pacific tracks loward Kersey. (ireeley police, sheriff's officers and Colorado state patrolmen were sent lo the area lo aid residents and move cattle. U.S. 34 was closed about noon, and commissioner Billings said Kersey residents were being evacuated. The water was following Ihe Latham ditch, and was partially diverted by the railroad tracks north of Ihe dike. Owner of Ihe reservoir is Ihe Lower Latham Ditch Co. Water observers said that loss'of the water could be a severe setback this coming summer lo farmers who depend on the reservoir for irrigation supplies. The office of Ihe State Water Resources Division One here said the reservoir contained 5,740 acre feet of water as of April 1. The gauge height was lti.5. City to report dog complaints to Humane board By FRANK COLOHAN Tribune Staff Writer All dog complaints received by the city will be reported to the board of the Weld County Humane Society under an agreement reached by officials of Ihe city and society Tuesday. Tom Connell, president of the society, said the reporting would result in the board being advised of Ihe complaints and it could take them up at its meetings. City officials have complained recently that they have been receiving many complaints about dogs from persons who say they have called the humane society about a dog and been told the society couldn't handle the problem. In some cases, the persons said they were told to call the city about the problem. Another complaint of city officials has been that some representatives of the humane society apparently have been telling callers that Ihe society could do a better job of handling dog complaints if the city more adequately funded Ihe society. The city and society entered into an agreement about two years ago under which the society operates an animal shelter and enforces Ihe city's dog leash ordinance. The city this year is providing $17,000 to the society for Ihe service. . Connell told members of City Council's finance committee and other city officials at Tuesday's meeting that the society's board recently had instructed employes of Ihe society to contact members of the board whenever any . problems came up that they couldn't handle. Another representative of Ihe society, Larry Sears, told the city officials: "We know we are not doing an adequate job on night callsal this time. It is something the board is going to have to discuss, although there's not much we can do about it." Earlier, it had been explained that, because of limited personnel, the society answers only emergency calls and calls where an animal already has been captured at night. Scars also reported earlier l h a t , because of limited funds, the society has been unable lo liire a driver for a second truck that it has purchased and, consequently, has only one truck in use in Greeley during the day. Councilman Gil Hause, chairman of Ihe finance committee, observed it was apparent from the discussion t h a t representatives of the society and Ihe city are nol far apart in Iheir thinking. Hause suggested thai thn society should make a greater effort to inform the public of Ihe services and facilities it has available. He also said communication between Ihe city and Ihe society should continue to be kept open and improved. II was also suggested lhat the society should submit its recommendations for changes in the dog leash ordinance for possible amending of Ihe ordinance by City Council. Truck bill delayed DENVER (AP)--Colorado's Senate twice delayed today n final vote on the big truck bill finally scheduling it for Monday.
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