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Ignacio to shrink water taps
5/11/2007 By: Sarah Silvernail
Ignacio Town Manager Balty Quintana asked the Ignacio Town Board to consider putting a moratorium on two-inch taps, which pull water from the town’s raw water irrigation system.
“Two inch taps are too big,” Quintana said at Wednesday’s board meeting. “A one-inch tap [releases] plenty of water.”
Quintana recommended a complete freeze on two inch taps, but would allow the moratorium to be lifted for a resident who could show justification and need for the amount of water released from a two-inch tap. Quintana and town attorney Dirk Nelson will rework the current raw water irrigation system connection fee, Resolution 05-2007, to show this revision and present it to the board at next months meeting.
“The raw water is a gift and we should not be abusing it,” said Trustee Ena Millich.
In other business Jordan Cuthair, a sixth grader at Ignacio Intermediate School, approached the board for a financial donation to help her attend an upcoming trip to Washington D.C. Cuthair was chosen by her teachers to attend the six day Junior National Leadership Conference because of her academic achievement. The conference is designed to build character and communication and provides an opportunity to meet other young leaders from around the nation. Tuition for the conference is $1,879. In addition to tuition, Cuthair will also have to purchase a plane ticket. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has already committed to help with part of the cost. The board unanimously approved a $500 donation to help Cuthair attend the conference, with the exception of board members Lawrence Bartley, who was absent, and Dilbert Cuthair, Jordan Cuthair’s father, who abstained from the vote.
“She looks like a future leader to me,” Mayor George Whitt said.
PeaceJam coordinator Crystal Thompson shared with the board information about PeaceJam, which she began in November. PeaceJam is a youth service learning group built around youth making changes locally and nationally. Currently there are 13 junior high and high school students involved. The group will hold a two-day youth conference in July at the SunUte Community Center and expects 100 to 200 participants.
The students involved in the club come up with the activities and fundraisers on their own. PeaceJam is planning clean up around the town of Ignacio, which will include County Road 318. The group also intends to paint a mural on the new teen building in Ignacio when one is found. Thompson hopes to eventually make PeaceJam into a class.