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Sewer expansion among tasks for Upper Blue San board members

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UPPER BLUE – The Upper Blue Sanitation District board will oversee completion of a $34 million treatment plant expansion as well as extension of sewer lines into Blue River in the coming years.

Two seats on the five-member board are up for election this year, and incumbent Robin Theobald is running for re-election, said district manager Andy Carlberg.

Barrie Stimson – who ran for Summit County School Board last fall – has signed up to perhaps take the seat of James Stover, who is term-limited, Carlberg said.

But it’s not too late for others to sign up and run for either of the four-year terms. Self-nomination forms must be filed by Feb. 26. Call (970) 453-27

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at 1605 Airport Road in Breckenridge.

Construction continues at the Farmer’s Korner wastewater treatment plant, where capacity is to be increased from 2 million to 5 million gallons per day.

“The weather’s been very kind to us,” Carlberg said. “We’re still on time and where we need to be budget-wise.”

The project that had been in planning stages more than 10 years is to be complete by June 2011. It includes a number of energy-conservation attributes, which were added more recently.

The project is underway next to the Farmer’s Korner Waste Water Treatment Facility, which was commissioned in 1974.

The district also treats waste at its Iowa Hill Water Reclamation Facility off Airport Road and at a facility in the town of Blue River.

Blue River residents last year approved annexation to the district’s sewers, which will lead to a phasing out of septic systems in the small town of an estimated 680 residents.

Residents won’t be required to connect to the sewer systems until their systems fail and would be required to connect only if the system failed within 400 feet of a sewer main – per county regulations.

Carlberg said Thursday that the line extension is to go out to bid in April or May, with construction beginning possibly as soon as late July.

“It’ll start at the south end (of town),” he said, adding that construction would be “more than likely through Sherwood Forest at first.”

Robert Allen can be contacted

at (970) 668-4628 or

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