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Last updated 11:06PM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LaPlata, Archuleta Water District Approved, Barely
(2008-08-13)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A controversial proposal to create a water district to service thousands of Southeast LaPlata County residents was approved Tuesday.
KSUT's Victor Locke has more.

VICTOR: The proposal to create the LaPlata Archuleta Water District, which has been years in the making, was just barely approved according to organizer Dick Lunceford.
LUNCEFORD: THE FINAL VOTE WAS 481 YES AND 449 NO. I'M GRATIFIED, I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED AT THE CLOSE NATURE OF THE VOTE BUT IT JUST INDICATES THAT WE HAVE TO COMMUNICATE BETTER TO THE VOTERS, ABOUT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH HERE.
The water district as envisioned would spend an estimated 85-million dollars to install treatment facilities and pipelines to serve a 200 square mile area in Southeast La Plata County and Southwest Archuleta County, with potable water.
Many in the area are presently served by wells, some of which are drying up or becoming unusable for other reasons.
The district would have the potential to serve as many as 5-thousand customers.
Lunceford says the vote Tuesday only creates the district, there's still a lot of work to be done, and even more elections to be held, before construction of the system can begin.
LUNCEFORD: WE'RE STILL HAVE TO PASS A MIL LEVY ELECTION, AND THEN AN INDEBTEDNESS QUESTION AND DE-TABORING QUESTION IN ORDER TO PROCEED TO ACTUALLY STARTING CONSTRUCTION AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE.
Lunceford says the timetable for those decisions and elections will be up to a district board which was also elected Tuesday.
Efforts to contact those with a group opposing the district to see if they would request a recount were unsuccessful.
Lunceford says even though the district won by a mere 32 votes, it fell outside well outside the margin that triggers an automatic recount.
LUNCEFORD: THAT RECOUNT WOULD OCCUR IF THE VOTE WAS, THE OUTCOME LESS THAN ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT AND WE HAVE WON BY A LITTLE OVER 3.25 PERCENT OR SO. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THE ELECTION WAS COMPLETELY ABOVE BOARD AND TRANSPARENT IN THAT WE PAID FOR INDEPENDENT ELECTION JUDGES, AND EVERYTHING WAS DONE EXACTLY TO STATUTE, SO THERE'S REALLY NOTHING TO CONTEST.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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