At the Town of Norwood’s monthly meeting in July, public works director Tim Lippert said the town is still planning for the chip seal work to be completed on local roads, though he cannot say when it will happen. The process, which is cheaper than asphalt, was supposed to be completed in June.

Lippert said the oil was delivered for the chip-seal treatment process, but the distributor said he was unable to do the work. He told Norwood officials the county was working to purchase its own distributor equipment in order to get the chip seal done for area roads. 

“We are sure hoping it happens soon,” Lippert said. “They are planning on doing it, but we don’t have the dates set.”

He added that it’s important to target places in local roads where there were cuts made to accommodate the raw water infrastructure that was installed last summer. 

“That is going to be our focus,” he said. “That’s my goal.”

Lippert said the county takes care of its own projects, but always helps Norwood to do some chip seal — and at the county’s cost.

“It would be twice as much or more if it was a contractor,” he said. “They’re trying to help us out.”

Lippert said the support from the county is appreciated by the Town of Norwood.

He also said the temperature must be above 50 degrees to complete the chip-seal work. 

Lippert also told town officials in July that Farmers Water Development is looking at doing some work on the Gurley Reservoir. He said the Farmers Water board of directors retained Davis Engineering to begin looking at the project, which would require state approval. 

Kenny Helman, who is a board member for Farmers Water, said his organization has to get the work done, because it’s required by the state of Colorado; however, the situation is not an emergency. 

“We are a long ways down the road, but it does need some repair,” he said. 

According to Helman, the reservoir needs a temporary patch, and then a long-term solution. He said the large amount of snow, coupled with the way the reservoir sits, made for a big drift on the back side of it. He said there is a slip, or a slide, four-feet deep there. 

That slip, he said, is a concern to state officials who inspected the reservoir and want to make sure it’s fixed. 

He said the reservoir is limited now as to how much water it can hold, because of the slip. 

“It’s been stuck ever since at that level,” he said. “If we can do temporary fix on the slip, with a long-term fix so it never will slip again, that’s what the ditch company is hoping to do.”

Helman said Farmers Water is still working on the time frame, but agreed that repairs will start as soon as this fall. 

He said no water is coming through the slip, and a device is in place to measure that.