The town of Rye has decided to use JVA Consulting Engineers to design the new water system. The new water system will include a new processing plant and filteration system, new water lines, and computerized end-user meters. At the regular Rye Town Meeting, held August 4, the board voted 5-1 to accept JVA’s bid for $78,000 to do the preliminary design, final design, and construction application and engineering. JVA further proposed $41,000 to handle the administrative tasks associated with the design project. The board decided they would like to have JVA handle the administration, as well as the design, but want to negotiate the price first.
The board also briefly discussed options for increasing town revenue. One idea is to remove the 10% discount for on time payment of quarterly water bills. The main advantage of the discount for the city is that it brings in urgently-needed operating cash early in the billing cycle. Without the discount, many people would wait to pay their bills, and the city would have two cashless months every quarter. The other idea floated at the meeting is to tighen up the back end of the billing cycle. Although the bills are due on the 10th of the first month of the quarter, late notices aren’t sent out until after the end of the quarter, and water shut-off notices are sent out a month after that. If the town sent out late notices in the second month of the quarter in which the bill is due, cash flow could be increased slightly. No action was taken on either of these discussions, as more research and discussion is needed.
This article originally appeared in the August 6, 2008, edition of the Greenhorn Valley View.