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Our Town A Publication for the Town of Bennett Vol. 12, No. 3 August 2007 A MINUTE FROM THE MAYOR Our water supply is adequate for current use and also By Sue Horn meets all state standards. In 2009 new state standards will again cause our As I began to write this article, I wondered what the topic wastewater treatment plant to be out of compliance. This should be. In past articles, I’ve shared the town priorities, the will happen even if no additional growth occurs. action plans to deal with our key issues and the current status We currently only have one set of pipes going under the on many of our projects. I’ve also shared my perspective on tracks in Adams County from the north side of Bennett to the joys of living in the country and how important it is to the south side of Bennett for wastewater treatment. We keep our rural lifestyle. At the same time, we have some much need to provide another wastewater crossing even if no needed amenities that will become available later this year, additional growth occurs. such as the rec center and the new Bennett Marketplace. What Aquifer water is used throughout the eastern part of would be pertinent for this article, I wondered? Is there a new Colorado, and the aquifer levels are going down. Current topic that we should discuss? estimates are that the pumping capacity of our wells will The town recently sent out our annual survey and has decrease by as much as half (50%) in the next 20-30 summarized our responses so far. Our thanks go to those of years. We will need to double our current number of wells you who have had the opportunity to respond. You’ve during that time if no additional growth occurs. indicated that our priorities are also your priorities, so we are We currently treat our well water at several well encouraged that we are going in the right direction. However, locations. The number of treatment locations will increase we sent out approximately 1600 surveys and have received 64 as we drill additional wells. As we drill more wells, responses so far. I encourage all of you to take the time to fill because the pumping capacity is diminishing, we will in and return the survey, as we use it as a gauge to be sure we need to build a centralized treatment facility even if no are responsive to your needs. We want to be sure the additional growth occurs. responses actually reflect the wishes of the majority of the Our current sewer charges do not begin to cover our town residents. current expenses, let alone future needs, if no additional growth occurs. Back to the town priorities and my question of the topic for Our negotiations and agreements with developers are this article. We recently received our preliminary report from designed to ensure that any future development pays its our consultants on their recommendations for our Water and own way. That means that the developer will provide any Wastewater Treatment Master Plan. This report and your infrastructure needed to support his/her development, survey responses tell me that the topic for this article should either by constructing that infrastructure or by providing be an update on our current status and future needs in the areas the capital for the town to do the construction. of water and wastewater treatment. The bottom line is that both our water and wastewater Survey responses and discussions with residents indicate that treatment currently meet standards and serve us adequately. everyone is well aware that water is a key issue for us. However, we will need to take action immediately and Wastewater treatment is also a key issue. However, there are implement a long-range master plan to ensure that we continue some misconceptions in both areas. Our experience tells us to have adequate essential services for the town. that if we turn on our water tap and water comes out, we think everything is OK. The same thing is true for wastewater: if we So what are we doing about these issues? flush the toilet and the contents go away, everything is OK. We have for some time been exploring other opportunities Many people believe that we don’t need to do anything unless to refine the usage of our existing water supply and to there is growth; hence, growth is the enemy. That belief is not develop new sources of water for the town. We will really accurate. continue to move forward with this exploration and plan to make a decision on the direction to pursue by the end Here are the facts: of this year. Currently our wastewater treatment is in compliance with We must move forward with the construction of a new all state requirements. You may remember that we just wastewater treatment facility in order to meet state completed a fairly lengthy (and expensive) project to standards that become effective in just two years. Again, upgrade the plant to meet all current standards. we need to move into the next steps of that process by the end of this year. We need to initiate a rate study to determine the rates and SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 charges for wastewater treatment that will be needed to Trupp Park cover the expenses. Some rate changes are likely to result 9:30 a.m. Community Church Services from this study, as they did last year for water as a result of our water rate study. This project needs to begin this What a wonderful tradition we have with our annual Harvest year. Festival. Come out and meet your neighbors. Enjoy the craft We need to continue to refine our water and wastewater booths and browse through the Flea Market. Visit with your master plan with the assistance of our consultants so that Town Board at their booth. Bring a non-perishable food item we can budget over the long term to complete to the local Bennett Community Food Bank’s booth. Take a improvements as needed over the coming 5-10 years. The chance or two on the cake walk! first portion of this master plan needs to be completed so If you would like to volunteer or need information, please call that we can take it into consideration when we do our Linda at 303-644-4442 or Lori at 303-644-4541. 2008 budget this fall. FOG! The Town of Bennett celebrated its 75th anniversary of incorporation in 2005. For all that time it has been a strong We have recently completed a video inspection of a portion of community and a wonderful place to live. We will need your the Town’s sewer lines, those underground pipes that collect support to continue to stay the course to prioritize and look to and transport wastewater from businesses and homes to our the future to ensure that the Town of Bennett continues to be a Treatment Plant. The videos clearly show the presence of strong community and a wonderful place to live. I encourage significant deposits of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in the sewer you to let us hear from you. Our Town Board meets the lines. Since service lines from homes to the Town’s sewer second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and has a Work mains are small and many of the sewer mains are only a little Study the first and third Tuesdays. We invite you to join us for larger, FOG deposits can easily block the sewer. any of these meetings whenever you can. We also invite you to give us feedback through the annual survey, by contacting FOG come principally from meat, lard, cooking oil, butter and town staff or by contacting one of the Board members or me. shortening. The best way to stop these substances from Your input is so important to us! building up in sewer lines is to prevent them from entering your drains. All cooking grease and liquid oil from pots, pans BENNETT HARVEST FESTIVAL and fryers should be placed in a covered container or heat resistant bag and disposed of through a waste collection Mark your calendars for Friday evening, August 24th, service. Saturday, August 25th and Sunday morning, August 26th at Trupp Park in Bennett! Other effective Kitchen Practices include: Come out and join the fun! We hope to see you there!!! Here DO NOT use garbage disposals. Scrape fats, grease and is the schedule of events: food from plates and cooking utensils into the trash. WIPE OFF greasy pots and utensils instead of rinsing off FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 into the sink. Events Begin at 6:00 p.m. DO NOT pour milk, cream, salad dressing or butter down VFW – Palmer Ave and 1st Street the drain. Guaranty Bank and Trust BBQ USE basket strainers in your sink to catch food particles Trupp Park and empty them into the trash. Craft/Trade/Flea Market Triple B Toys The high cost of cleaning FOG deposits from the sewer lines Family Dance in the Park and dealing with the FOG that reaches our Treatment Plant is shared by all homeowners and businesses. Your help with SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 eliminating the source of the problem will be appreciated by Eastern Star Pancake Breakfast (575 Palmer) all! Bennett Fire & Rescue Burritos Breakfast (515 Washington BENNETT PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT Ave.) Trupp Park Construction of the new Bennett Recreation Center is Craft/Trade/Flea Market progressing towards a September opening. In anticipation of Farmer’s Market our opening, applications are being accepted for the positions Triple B Toys of Building Attendant, Fitness Instructors, Yoga and Pilates Parade – 10;00 a.m. Instructors, Dance Instructors, Birthday Party Attendants, Kids’ Games & Activities Referees, Scorekeepers and Recreation Program Instructors. Hot Dog Eating Contest Applications can be picked up at the Muegge House, located Flight for Life at 401 S. First Street in Bennett, between the hours of 9 a.m. to Horse Tournament – 1:00 p.m.. 12 noon, Monday through Friday. Applications will be Dance in the Evening accepted through August 11th. Be sure to check out our website at www.bennettrec.org for facility updates and a listing of our fall programs. ($5) dollars and now it costs 15 to 20 times that much. Sewer A DAY WITHOUT SUNSHINE/A DAY WITHOUT system valves that cost $10 or $20 back in those days, now SEWER cost over $300. By: Neal A. Mancuso, Trustee We have choices to make in Bennett. If we want to minimize Because we live in Colorado, we can expect 340 to 350 days potential sewer system disasters, we have to keep paying our of sunshine per year. Living here we fully expect that to be “dental bills”. the case. When one of those few dismal dingy sunless days comes along, we complain about it, talk about how the TOWN HALL FLOWER BED RESTORATION weather in Colorado sometimes seems to change by the minute and express this opinion to anyone who will listen. If you have driven past the Town Hall lately you probably But, basically, while we drink our coffee and complain, noticed the new landscaping in front. Town of Bennett nothing else really happens and we continue on with our daily employee, Jack Eva, went to Master Gardener Jeri Cretti, to lives. seek help in designing a beautiful and colorful flower bed. (Jeri can be found at Greatwood Lumber surrounded by all the If, however, we wake up one morning and stumble our way flowers, shrubs, etc.) Jack told her that he was looking for into the bathroom and discover that the water does not flow plants which will withstand a lot of sun and heat. Using her down the drain or that the sewer has backed up, we have a excellent designing skills, Jeri came up with a creative design. problem of monumental (to us) proportions to deal with. Even Some of the plants that will be in among the rocks are: yellow though this may happen only once a year, or has not occurred potentilla, pink potentilla, barberry shrub, roses, gaillardia, in over 5 years, the disruption to our daily life is enormous. and ice plant. The Public Works Department has been working to get this project completed so we can all enjoy We all know that weather and sewer, are really different watching it grow. Thank you, Jeri, for all of your help and things, but they are related, as storms and flood, for example, expertise in making this project such an eye-catching success. may cause sewer problems. Sunshine and sunny days – that’s Your donation of time to complete the design will be enjoyed Mother Nature at work. Sewer systems are man’s attempts to for years to come. help Mother Nature collect, consolidate and treat wastes and runoffs. It seems as though any time man seeks to help out or control certain aspects of Mother Nature, she finds a way to let CRIME PREVENTION us know that she is still in command. Upset conditions can Excerpt from Good Neighboring Resource Guide and do happen and they are part of life. However, they, as far as sewer systems are concerned, can be greatly minimized, if Crime is an unfortunate feature of our neighborhoods. One not virtually eliminated, by constantly monitoring conditions, person out of every 25 becomes a victim of some type of updating the system to meet changing needs and keeping it in crime each year. How many victims does that mean for your a good state of repair. block? Here are some simple steps to protect yourself and your neighborhood from crime: To make a rather unlikely comparison, sewer systems are Get to know your neighbors. The better you and your rather like teeth. Just as a baby is born without teeth, so was a neighbors know each other, the more likely you are to town like Bennett initially formed without a sewer system. As know if something is wrong. Call your neighbors if you babies grow, their teeth develop. Similarly, sewer systems suspect that something is wrong or if you have been develop in towns. Children’s teeth need to be monitored and victimized. This will encourage them to watch out for maintained and so do sewer systems. At a certain age, baby problems. teeth fall out. So, also, do the sewer systems deteriorate over Keep your yard groomed and free of trash. A clean, time and require updating to meet current and future needs. well-groomed neighborhood sends a message to would-be As a child develops his or her adult teeth, which is a sign of criminals that you and your neighbors care about your maturing, so does a maturing town, at some point, require a community. Overgrown shrubbery provides criminals a new sewer system, which is able to meet existing needs and place to hide. accommodate future demands. And just as teeth require Leave lights on – inside and outside. Lighting makes it dentists to help maintain them, sewer systems require regular look like your home is occupied. It also makes it easier evaluation and maintenance by professionals. for police and neighbors to see suspicious activity. Keep your porch light on all night, every night. It only costs There was an entire industry created around teeth – dentists about $1.50 per month. and dental equipment, toothpastes and mouthwashes, brushes Keep your doors and windows locked. An unlocked and flosses and etc. And this is the sad thing about teeth – no door or window provides an opportunity for a burglar. matter what stage of life we are in, we always have to take Paint out graffiti – fast! A neighborhood cluttered with care of them. If it’s not cavities or braces, it’s removal of graffiti invites crime. It sends a message that you don’t wisdom teeth, or procuring bridgework or implants. It is the care about your community. same with sewer systems. Over time they tend to self destruct, Walk only in well-lit areas. This allows you to see and and not unlike teeth, they require constant maintenance and avoid would-be assailants. It’s also important to be fixing, in order to continue performing their function well. observant of your surroundings while walking. And, like dental bills, costs of doing sewer work increase over Be active in Community Policing. Work with your time. When I was a kid, the cost of extracting a tooth was five neighborhood association and local law enforcement to help create community partnerships. By working Sun protection needs to be used during cloudy days as well, together, small problems can be solved before they grow since the sun’s burning rays can penetrate clouds. into big ones. Anyone can get skin cancer from the sun’s rays, but those at TRI-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT higher risk include people with light skin tones; people with OFFERS ABCs OF SKIN CANCER PREVENTION blond or red hair and those with blue or green eyes; skin that burns, freckles or reddens easily; and people who have a Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the United family member who has had skin cancer. States with more than one million new cases diagnosed each year. It is also one of the fastest rising cancers. And because of These few simple precautions can help everyone enjoy the the sunny days and high altitude of Colorado, skin cancer rates abundant Colorado sunshine more safely. For additional in this state are increasing faster than the national average. information about sun safety, visit the American Cancer Skin cancer is preventable, and prevention needs to start in Society website at www.cancer.org, Colorado’s AMC Cancer childhood and continue throughout life. Research Center at www.sunsafety.amc.org or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov. Approximately one in five children in the United States will grow up to have some type of skin cancer. Even just one UPCOMING TOWN OF BENNETT EVENTS severe sunburn before the age of 18 may double the risk of developing malignant melanoma later in life. Research Mark your calendars for these important upcoming Town of indicates that most people receive as much as 80 percent of Bennett events: their total lifetime sun exposure during their first 18 years. August 20 First Day of School “Malignant melanoma is a potentially fatal form of skin cancer 24-26 Bennett Harvest Festival that arises from skin growths commonly known as moles. September Early detection is important, since melanoma is curable if 8 Town Clean up Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. detected early,” warns Richard Vogt, MD, Executive Director Bennett Community Center Parking Lot of Tri-County Health Department. 22 Grand Opening of Bennett Park and Recreation Center / Town of Bennett Open House Health experts recommend using the A-B-C-D approach to Bennett Recreation Center, 455 S. First Street evaluate possible skin damage that might require the advice of November a dermatologist: 10 Veterans Day Celebration A- Check for moles that are Asymmetrical, meaning Annual Chili Cook-Off not balanced on both sides Bennett Community Center 6 - 8 p.m. B- The Border of a mole should be smooth, without irregular edges or notches Watch the I-70 Scout for more details on these events. C- A mole is normally all one Color. More than one color in a mole is concerning D- The Diameter of a mole should be no more than This newsletter is a volunteer publication with the goal of the size of a pencil eraser addressing public interests of Bennett residents. It welcomes club news, questions, announcements, and suggestions. Your Other important factors to watch for are a mole that grows feedback is important and useful for the development of future rapidly, changes shape, forms a sore, itches or bleeds. These newsletters. Contact the Town Hall at (303) 644-3249. Many symptoms do not necessarily indicate melanoma, but they thanks to Dolora Reay for layout and editing, Jake Berzon of definitely need a doctor’s evaluation. Baraban.Com for editing and volunteer services from Alice Bollinger, Eileen Church, Brianna Cundiff, Brittany Cundiff, Accumulated lifetime exposure to the sun and severe sunburns Karen Cundiff, Talyah Cundiff, and Janie Ganzkow. are two primary triggers for skin cancer, and both can be prevented. For instance, infants should be covered with protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, and baby strollers should have some type of sun cover. Parents should MEETINGS SCHEDULE apply sunscreen to children every day before school, and they can teach their children how to apply it on their own. Adults Town Board 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month need to set a good example by not sunbathing, avoiding at 7:00 p.m. tanning booths and using a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen Work Study 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesdays of the month themselves. at 7:00 p.m. Planning & Zoning 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 Everyone can limit their time in the sun, especially during the p.m. peak sun intensity hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Staying in Municipal Court 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 the shade and wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a p.m. (unless otherwise posted) wide-brimmed hat can help prevent harmful sunburns as well. Baseball hats offer very little protection. Most sunglasses are All meetings are held at Town Hall, 355 4th St., unless effective at blocking harmful UV rays, and should also be otherwise posted. Public is always welcome. For further worn by children and adults to prevent serious eye damage. information, please call (303) 644-3249.
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