Hearing set Tuesday on sewer site ByRONTOLLEFSON Tribune Staff Writer City staffers told the Greeley Water- Sewer Board Thursday that design-phase grant funding of 5511,500 for city sewer plant and system improvements is slated to come before the state water quality panel Tuesday -- and that NHPQ Inc., Greeley, has begun work under a $75,000 contract for designing three major water system projects. Water-Sewer Director Darryl Alieman and consultant Dennis Sandretto of CH2M Hill, Denver, said Tuesday's hearing before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission in Denver will be on the $511,500 proposed federal grint to partially cover design and related work aspects for: -- Proposed $3.24 million initial-stage construction of a four million gallon per day sewage plant at a site in the delta area east of Greeley. -- The $977,000 upgrading of the city's 1st Avenue sewage plant. -- The $1.3 million construction of the Lower Poudre interceptor sewer line, to serve northeasterly and easterly areas. -- A $272,500 sewage sludge re-use and disposal system project associated with the proposed delta plant. Meanwhile, Alieman said, $196,500 In design-phase grant funding is pending before regional officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), having received state panel approval. This funding, plus $84,100 from the city, would cover design and associated work on the city's proposed $700,000 South Platte Interceptor sewer line serving southeasterly and easterly areas, and a proposed $886,250 project to correct infiliration and inflow into city sewer lines. Alieman said design work on these projects is due for completion by September. Following the hearing Tuesday, he said, it is hoped design work can move quickly on the delta-area plant, with specific site needed identified soon. Alieman said this would allow the city then to proceed with site-use and related reviews by Weld County, regional and state officials. With the grant funding involved in the hearing at $511,500, Sandretto said gone. 1 Julie Goodman, 2454 Sunset Lane, says she has a lot of fun with her "invisible" dog, which she walked through downtown Greeley this week. Two county employes, upper left, Thorn Rounds, left, and Don Brandes, do double-takes as Julie and her dog walk by. An unidentified girl looks over her shoulder to get a better understanding of the phenomenon, and an unidentified man, lower right, stoops to pet the "puppy" while his friend looks on. Julie said she gets a variety of reactions. Some people do double-takes; others act as if they see nothing. "I meet a lot of people," she said. The leash is strengthened by a wire center; the collar is stiffened to appear as though an animal were inside it. (Tribune photos by Ron Stewart) Â· Drought helps sewage problem Drought does interesting things to a city's water and sewer systems, city officials told the Greeley Water-Sewer Board Thursday. . While drier times in late' May placed heavier demands on the Greeley water system, compared to the similar period a year ago, the drought this past winter effectively increased capacity of the city's' 1st Avenue sewage plant by dropping the water table and cutting infiltration seepage into sewer lines. "The drought actually 'helped' us," said. V/ater-Sewer Director Darryl Alieman. "It cut the water table." Alieman said a 5.5 million-gallon-a-day. (MGD) flow through the 1st Avenue plant reached this winter had, for a time, been nearly equal to outflow from city water filtration systems. At this point, he added, peak summer use sees about 7.5 MGD flow through the 1st Avenue plant, with that plant's top capacity, while still meeting state standards, placed at 8.5 MGD. That is equivalent to 65,000-population capacity now, compared to 75,000 at the plants effective maximum. Alieman later expressed confidence the city will be under contract, or construction, on its new. delta area sewage plant cast of Greeley by the time the 1st Avenue plant capacity is reached. That delta plant, however, still faces final site and funding reviews by county, state and federal officials. Meanwhile, however, late-spring water use and drought conditions have seen demands on the city water system greater than for a similar time a year ago. . Officials had said that for 10 days after new city everyday lawn sprinkling . standards took effect May 8, water use had been less than a year ago, by about a million gallons a day. But through.the remainder of May, they said Thursday, times'this year were drier than a year ago and city water use outpaced that of the similar 1976 perio-?. by about two and a half million gallons a day, up by nearly 15 per cent. City water engineer Tom Ullman said late-May water use- remained largely stable, at about 19.8 MGD. But, he added, use for late May 1976 had been lower due to heavier rains, at about 17.4 million gallons daily. 'Ullman pointed out, though, that June 1976 was a dry period, and -- if drought persists this June -- fairer comparisons should be possible about effect of the new daily watering standards. City council adopted the everyday standards effective May 8 after the city had enforced alternate-day water standards for years. Under the new standards, residential lawns and gardens may be sprinkled daily, except during the high heat and evaporation time between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sprinkling at public facilities, such as city, county, school, college, church and public golf course sites, is restricted to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Beetle-control wasps planted A type of wasp native to France with the not-very-Galllc name of "Den- drosoter protuberans" has been released at a selected site in the Greeley area in an attempt to reduce elm-disease ' beetles, which the wasp feeds on. City Forester Joe Lohnes, working with state officials in the project, said the unidentified site where the French wasps were released was chosen to increase their chances for survival. State agriculture officials said use of the wasp- parasites, natural predators on the lesser European elm bark beetle which carries Dutch elm disease, will' be made elsewhere in the state this summer. They said the wasps have adapted to Colorado's climate. With other elm-disease beetle methods meeting limited success in the past, Bob Sullivan, in charge of the state insectary at Palisade, said the wasps should'be considered only an added means of countering the beetle population. He said in France they have only been 30 to 70 per cent effective in controlling beetles. Other methods, officials said, include spraying, sanitation and selective planting. Greeley's share would be $223,500, including total-city financing for delta- plant land acquisition. City Manager Pete Morrel! pointed out opponents of the delta-area plant proposal, Delta Environmental Protective Association (DEPA), met with city and state water quality officials recently as talks were held preliminary to the Tuesday state hearing. Morrell said the DEPA spokesmen continued to raise objections to the . project, but that city officials feel confident the state panel will approve city plans previously supported by EPA environmental reviews. Meanwhile, Alieman reported NHPQ staff members have begun design work, under a $75,000 contract with the city, for three major water system projects: -- A $2.2 million, 15 million-gallon reservoir in the Greeley Gold tank area seven miles west of the city. -- A $1.03 million southeast-city water main. -- And the $1 million modernizing and upgrading of the city's Bellevue water treatment 'plant northwest of Fort Collins, to meet new federal clean drinking water law. City water-sewer board had authorized retaining NHPQ during its May 6 meeting. Alieman said design work is slated to be done by late summer to allow the city to proceed with sale of a water bond issue. He noted that talks are to continue with Evans and Windsor officials about joint financing and use of the Greeley system improvements. However Alieman added that Windsor officials also have retained engineers to study establishment of a separate system for that city. In another water-sewer panel action, members approved a 22-year contractual agreement with the county health agency, to July 1998, for water sampling and testing from the city system under terms of the federal safe drinking water act which takes effect June 24. Officials said the agreement incurred no added cost to the city. 15 CENTS A COPY Original Script Wrilten by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 69, NO. 191 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 AND THE G R E E L E Y REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 FRIDAY, JUNE3,1977 Vietnamese to return bodies of 20 U.S. men PARIS (AP) - Vietnam, seeking normalization of relations with the United States, today handed over the names of 20 more missing Americans it said had been killed in the Indochina war. The disclosure was made in the second day of talks between Asst. Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke and Deputy Â·Vietnamese Foreign Minister Phan Hien on establishment of relations. Holbrooke said the Vietnamese had informed him that the remains of the missing men had been found in Vietnam. He said the families of the men on the list "are being informed by their respective military services." The names will not be announced until the U.S. Army's central indentification laboratory in Hawaii confirms the identifications supplied by the Vietnamese, Holbrooke said. There was no indication when the bodies would be flown from Vietnam. Holbrooke said he expressed his appreciation to Hien for Vietnam's "positive action" in supplying the new names. The United States has demanded Vietnamese help in accounting for more than 700 Americans still listed as missing in action in the war as a condition for establishing diplomatic relations. Hien told reporters Hanoi's submission of the new list "demonstrated our good will and serious attitude" in the negotiations. Holbrooke said Hien told him the remains of the 20 men would be returned along with those of two other Americans whose return was promised the special commission President Carter sent to Hanoi in March. The commission, headed by labor Â· leader Leonard Woodcock, brought back the remains of 11 Americans and was told the Vietnamese would return the remains of CIA operative Tucker Guggleman and an unidentified B52 crewman shot down during the Christmas 1972 bombing of Hanoi. Vietnamese officials also promised the commission they would seek information on other missing Americans. Holbrooke and Hien, who met for 3 hours Thursday at the U.S. Embassy and again for 3'A hours today, also agreed to meet again "in the near future," the American representative said. Holbrooke said each side presented its views "frankly and directly in an at-, mosphere which was cordial and friendly." He said the.time and place for the next meeting would be determined by agreement through diplomatic channels. The two men opened their negotiations . with a two-day round of talks at the Vietnamese Embassy May 3 and 4. Hien said he explained to Holbrooke in detail his country's attitude to the three major points of the talks: the continuing search for Americans missing in action, normalizing of relations between the two governments .and the contribution Hanoi expects'the United States to make toward "healing the wounds of war" in Vietnam. PRPA plant impact discussed ByJOHNSEELMEYER Tribune Staff Writer WELLINGTON - - Residents of the area surrounding a proposed coal-fired electrical generating station north of Wellington Thursday expressed concerns .about the effects the plant might have on agricultural water supplies and governmental services. The questions came at a public meeting sponsored by the Larimer-Weld Council of Governments (COG), which is studying the plant proposed by Platte River Power Authority (PRPA). Proposed location of the so-called Rawhide Plant would be on 2,000 acres about nine miles north of Wellington in Larimer County. Earlier, PRPA had proposed building the plant near Nunn in Weld County, but withdrew the proposal after questions arose over payments in lieu of taxes. Because PRPA is owned by the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park, it is tax-exempt. Weather I p.m. temperature: 89 NORTHERN COLORADO -- A slight chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms through Saturday. Continued hot daytime temperatures. Highs today and Saturday 80s to low 90s. Low tonight 50s and low 60s. Winds variable 5 to 15 miles per hour and gusty near thunderstorms. Precipitation probability 20 per cent through Saturday. Inside Water supply for the facility is expected to come from-the Windy Gap water project, which will divert Western Slope water to the Front Range. Harlan Seaworth, a Wellington-area farmer and member of a special COG committee studying the facility, said he doesn't believe the plant will jeopardize agricultural water supplies. A second issue of prime discussion Thursday was possible payments by PRPA to cover additional costs to Larimer County and Wellington caused by the construction. Albert Hamilton, PHPA general manager, said the organization has agreed to reimburse local governments for all "demonstrable costs" caused by. the plant. Among costs connected- with the construction of the 400 to 750-megawatt facility might be police protection for the maximum 600 workers involved in construction, or damage to county roads, COG executive director Ron Thompson said. A preliminary report by the COG subcommittee suggests that conservation efforts in the four cities using PRPA power might result in postponement of the need for construction. Nevertheless, Jan Carpenter, a consultant with R. w. Beck and Associates, which is working with PRPA, said he .believes demand for the plant's power will be critical by the mid-1980s. And Dale Horton, a Wellington-area farmer, said he doesn't think it's the job of the COG group to make decisions whether the PRPA plant will result in . more growth in the area. "I don't think it's for the officials to put the saddle on a public utility as the one that is going to "make a decision about growth," he said. Another resident of the area, Wayne Monroe, asked that PRPA and the COG. study committee consider several Â· smaller plants, rather than the larger facility now under study. He said smaller plants would spread impact through more areas. "Sometimes, we just have to back up and consider something smaller," he said. The only strong opposition came from Cathy Awl, who said she's undertaking a study of the effect of similar plants on other areas. "There is more impact that is going to happen in this area than you can possibly imagine," she told members of the committee. First glimmerings of an argument which is expected to be common at later hearings came from John Cook, a Fort Collins resident. He said, "Conservation is the least expensive way of producing energy," and added that PRPA should consider other methods of generating energy. The issue of need for the plant has been a hot political item in Fort Collins in recent weeks. A similar hearing is scheduled next Thursday at the Windsor High School. The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. the Tribune Tornado does damage at Kersey (40 pages, 2 sections) Abby 19 Agri-news 17 Classified 29-39 Comiu 16 Crossword 16 Editorial 4 Heloise 18 Horoscope 21 Hospital 6 Markets 21 Obituaries 6 Sports 26-28 Theater 22-25 TV log 16 Weather 6 Wm'spgs. 18-19 Today's press rum 20,172 If you have not received your Saturday Tribune by 8 a.m., call 352-0211. . Two rural Kersey residents reported there was damage to their property late Thursday when a small tornado cut through their property, tearing the roof off an open-end barn, ripping down a wind break, and destroying a patio roof. Mrs. Alvin Dilka told the Tribune Friday she was in their home one-quarter mile southwest of Kersey at 4 p.m. Thursday then the tornado struck. "Dust and debris were everywhere," she said, "and it was pretty frightening. We didn't really know what to do, but it was gone very quickly." The roof of the Dilka's open end barn was torn off and pieces were scattered over a large area. A wooden windbreak was also blown down, according to Mrs Dilka. The Dilka's neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. John Hillman, lost the roof off their patio, along with the roof support poles. Mrs. Dilka said there was no rain or hail in the area Thursday.
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