Brighton City Council to mull water-lease deal with Brighton 27J Schools at next meeting

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON – City council will consider an agreement during its Oct. 16 meeting to lease city-owned water to School District 27J.

Utilities Director Jim Landeck said the city has received a request from the school district to assist them in augmenting their well in operation at Prairie View Middle School and Prairie View High School. He said the school district, like everyone else, is required to augment that well so they can continue to pump it and use it for the irrigation of their grounds.

“They’ve approached us asking as to assist them, not only by providing storage and augmentation of storage of water from our system, but also to manage their augmentation requirements so that they can fulfill the request of the state engineer for their well decree,” he said. “Without a guarantee that augmentation will occur in perpetuity, the state will not allow them to continue to pump out of that well.”

According to a department of public works staff report, 27J would agree to pay $416,770.51 to cover the cost of the leased water and associated required storage over a five-year period with an annual interest rate of 2.5 percent. In addition, 27J would pay $891.37 annually for the cost of administration and physical delivery of the leased water, with the amount applying to the 2013 calendar year and adjusting with the consumer price index annually.

In other business:
— Community Development Director Marv Falconburg told council he will be coming before council with an action item sometime before Dec. 15 to ask whether council would like to suspend pacing or get rid of it altogether. Council will also be asked whether they would like to continue with fee deferrals.
— City council will support the Colorado Metro Mayors Caucus in the opposition of Amendment 64, which is proposed to the ballot measure seeking to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
— A youth master plan was presented to council by youth services director Tawnya Russell.
— City Attorney Margaret Brubaker presented her budget for the 2013 fiscal year.