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Dillon lifts mandatory water restrictions

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

DILLON Dillon residents are free to water their yards when they please.The town of Dillon lifted its mandatory water restrictions Tuesday night, although town officials are urging people to practice voluntary water conservation.Specifically, they are asking that residents refrain from using sprinklers and irrigation systems between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.The previous restrictions prohibited watering on Mondays and limited water use from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. during the rest of the week.A plentiful snowpack prompted the council to reconsider the rules, said public works director Eric Holgerson. The restrictions had been in place in some form for two years.The council began discussing easing the restrictions at a work session last week.Councilmember Judee Cathrall said she was in favor of keeping the limitations, but wanted to stretch the approved hours until 9 a.m. to allow people extra time in the morning to get their watering done. Cathrall also suggested letting people water on Mondays.She did not support moving to voluntary restrictions because she said if the town ever goes back to mandatory restrictions, they would have to re-teach residents the rules. “We’ve got these people working on this system, let’s keep it,” Cathrall said.However, other council members saw things differently. “If we don’t have an issue with water, it seems silly to impose these mandatory restrictions,” said Mayor Barbara Davis.Holgerson told the council that the town is not currently experiencing a water supply shortage in the town.On Tuesday, the council approved dropping the mandatory restrictions by a vote of 5-1, with Cathrall standing firm on her original position.”I still think it should be mandatory, but that you should use 6 (p.m.) to 9 (a.m.) every day,” she said.The town declared a water emergency on May 1, 2004, and restricted water use to designated hours three days a week.The council slightly relaxed those restrictions in July 2005 to help lessen the stress on landscaping during warmer weather.On Tuesday, the council declared the end to the water shortage emergency in Dillon.

The town council approved a contract with Boulder-based Greenplay, LLC to produce a parks and recreation master plan for the town using a $30,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant awarded to the town last December.The Greenplay contract is for $46,450, and the town will pay the difference between the contract amount and the grant.The master plan will help guide the town making future decisions regarding its open spaces.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com.


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