Board inks deal for permanent easement on town well property

MEEKER I After nearly 40 years, the town of Meeker finalized a permanent easement on the property that houses the wells that supply the town with water. Property owner Rick Edinger was in attendance at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The approval of the easement was the final step, according to Town Attorney Melody Massih. “Edinger’s attorney and I have been back and forth and forward and back,” she said. “I recommend approval.”

“It’s been a rough road, and I know a lot of us sitting here realize that,” Edinger said. He thanked town staff for their help, specifically Town Manager Lisa Cook, Public Works Supervisor Russell Overton and Trustee Travis Day.

Edinger, who said he was a contractor for 30 years, said the troubles with subcontractors should serve as a “lesson for the town moving forward,” adding, “I appreciate all of us remaining civil.”

Cook agreed, and said the town appreciated the Edinger family’s patience. “It’s been a long time coming,” she said.

In town manager updates, Cook said the town is working with surrounding counties on the governor’s Just Transition plan to apply for grants as a region. Routt County is taking the lead, at this point, as they have the staffing capacity to do the grant writing. 

Cook also said the Circle Park bridge plank replacement is underway, aiming to be completed in time for the June 5 celebration of the Circle Park pond project and fishing day. 

The town is advertising for vacancies on the planning commission and the housing authority board.

Trustees went into executive session to discuss legal negotiations for the town administrator’s contract.


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