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City OKs critical sewer repairs

By: Kathy Ito, Colfax Record Correspondent
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Colfax City Council last week agreed to spend $15,000 for emergency repairs at the wastewater treatment plant. City Manager Bruce Kranz said heavy rains and snow has left Pond 3 in danger of overflowing. “With the extensive rainy season and the onset of more rain, immediate repairs are required to a damaged ditch feeding more than 25,000 gallons of runoff into Pond 3 each day,” Kranz told the council. “The runoff is costing the city hundreds of dollars per day in added water treatment costs.” Kranz said gunite repairs to the ditch would prevent runoff from entering Pond 3, which is already at capacity. Council members also gave Kranz authorization to spend additional funds for emergency repairs. In response to the city’s decision to rejoin the League of California Cities, representative Charles Anderson was on hand to explain services available to member cities. “The goal of the League is to protect what cities have and keep it out of the state’s hands,” said Anderson. The city’s membership had been allowed to lapse a few years ago because council members felt the voices of small communities like Colfax were not being heard, explained Councilman Josh Alpine. Anderson responded that the mass majority of current League members are small cities like Colfax. Kranz told the council the decision to renew its membership was based on the services provided by the statewide agency. “For our $1, 000 annual membership fee,” Kranz said, “we now have access to experts the city can’t afford to hire directly. The League has been valuable to me, the City Clerk and City Attorney.” Council members told Anderson that one of the most important services the city currently needs is assistance with fighting citizen lawsuits. In other action, City Clerk Karen Pierce reported Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal is conducting a pilot trash pickup program in the Mink Creek and Canyon Creek subdivisions. The program requires specially designed trash containers that can be emptied with a truck-mounted mechanical arm. Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will deliver new trash containers at no cost to customers nor will the pilot program affect current billing rates. For more information on the pilot program, call (530) 289-2367.