David Carpenter, chairman of the Bluff Service Area Board, reported to the San Juan County Commission on April 7. He said that a 600-page document outlining the recommendations has been approved by the state and added that an engineering firm is finalizing a 15-page executive summary of the report.
Carpenter said that the goal is to meet a June 1 preliminary funding deadline for application to the state Community Impact Board (CIB). The CIB funds community infrastructure projects. A rough ballpark estimate of the cost of a community-wide system is between $3 and $5 million.
A management plan for the project will seek to coordinate the efforts of the service district, San Juan County and the district health department.
Carpenter said that a number of residences in the community will be unable to tie into the system and an important part of the project will be determining how to deal with the “out-liers.”
The recommendation is reportedly for two contained systems (one on each side of Cottonwood Creek), with primary treatment by septic system and “small-pipe” connection to a treatment facility. Effluent will go through a drip dispersal system for use in parks, trees, etc.
In other matters, Carpenter discounted a reported rift between the Bluff Service Area Board and Bluff Water Works. He said the Service Area Board is simply waiting for paperwork, which will be reviewed by attorneys, regarding the transference of assets.
County resident Marilyn Boynton said she suspects that the Service Area Board will reject the paperwork as illegal. She said this is simply the opening salvo in a war between the two entities.