Lazy Glen’s future a little less murky
The Basalt Sanitation District will be allowed to expand, Eagle County commissioners decided yesterday, though a few minor details must still be worked out.
Eagle County commissioners said they felt compelled to allow the expansion as the best way to improve water quality and service to the district’s customers.
“It’s not a matter of want, but a matter of must, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people in the district,” said Commissioner James Johnson.
According to Johnson, “crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s” is all that’s left before the approval is finalized.
Commissioners also heeded concerns raised about the sorry state of sewer facilities at Lazy Glen Mobile Home Park. The commissioners directed the county’s legal and planning offices to devise a resolution and intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that more firmly commits the sanitation district to helping the mobile home park.
An IGA with Eagle County would obligate the Basalt Sanitation District to reserve capacity for Lazy Glen for up to 10 years. In addition, tap fees for Lazy Glen, Holland Hills and Wingo Junction would also remain at the level they are now.
“In my estimation it comes down to what the county can legally do,” said Commissioner Tom Stone. “What is right, what is responsible, is to figure out a solution to the Lazy Glen problem. But to hold up expansion and cause hardship to people already in the district in my mind is unacceptable.”
Although Lazy Glen lies within Pitkin County, it has been attempting to get the 100-home park connected to the Basalt Sanitation District for some 25 years.
In response to Monday’s actions, Pitkin County environmental director Tom Dunlop called the forthcoming resolution and IGA “a step in the right direction” to solving the problems at Lazy Glen.
“It’s too early” to tell if the measures will be a cure-all, but in the meantime Pitkin County will continue its efforts to lend expertise to Lazy Glen with “in-kind services,” Dunlop said.
“In terms of hard cash, the county doesn’t have the money to give,” Dunlop said. “But it is committed to helping and I’ll continue to advise them and will help in applying for grants.”
The next meeting regarding the Basalt Sanitation District will be held with Eagle County commissioners in two weeks, on Feb. 16.
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