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Avon aims to keep $1.5M grant

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Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” The Avon Town Council is hoping it don’t have to return a $1.5 million state of Colorado grant for a wastewater project because local matches to the project aren’t met.

The town agreed to contribute about $1.7 million over two years to fund the core part of the project ” a heating system that would distribute heat throughout the town for things like snow melting and pool heating. The project would also cool off wastewater before it’s returned to the Eagle River ” good news for fish living in the river.

The town applied for a state grant for the project, known as the Community Heat Recovery Project, with the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, which had initially agreed to contribute roughly $700,000 over two years, said Jennifer Strehler, Avon’s public works director.

Strehler is worried that the district’s board isn’t up to speed with the specifics of the project, mainly because it canceled a meeting that would have outlined a lot of the project’s benefits and hasn’t rescheduled one. The board is scheduled to make a decision on how much money to contribute, or whether to contribute at all, at a Jan. 22 public meeting.

Avon council members say the project will have huge cost savings in energy, and hope the public attends the Jan. 22 meeting to tell the district’s board how important the project is for the community’s energy efficiency.

If the board doesn’t contribute anything or enough, the town will have to return the $1.5 million grant.

The town plans to post an overview of the project’s benefits on its Web site, at http://www.avon.org, this week.

The Eagle River Water and Sanitation District board meeting is Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., at the district’s administrative offices, 846 Forest Rd., Vail.


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