PAWSD – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-216/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200548 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, April 8
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/649077192. Meeting ID: 649 077.
Thursday, April 9
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, April 13
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 4 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 14
Archuleta School District Board of Education elementary school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 141 S. 10th St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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PAWSD temporarily closes lobby to public http://www.pagosasun.com/pawsd-temporarily-closes-lobby-to-public/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200161 By Justin Ramsey
Special to The SUN
Based on guidance from the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control for combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District has temporarily closed the district’s customer service lobby to the public.
Please take note that your normal water and wastewater service will continue without interruption.
We are still available by phone at 731-2691 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are three convenient ways for you to pay your bill:
• Bring your payment in a sealed envelope and place it in our drop box located near the stone entrance sign to the PAWSD campus at 100 Lyn Ave. Please remember to put your name, account number and whether it is a fill station or utility payment on the front of the envelope. Payments dropped in the box will be posted by noon each day, Monday through Friday.
• Call our office at 731-2691 to make a credit or debit card payment by phone. We may be experiencing an increase in call volume during this time, so please be patient.
• Take advantage of our convenient online account management portal at www.xpressbillpay.com.
We know that guidelines are changing daily and we will keep you informed of any further changes as they develop. We will get through this together and we look forward to returning to our normal lobby hours as soon as possible.

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PAWSD to hold hearing on monthly surcharge increase for affordable housing http://www.pagosasun.com/pawsd-to-hold-hearing-on-monthly-surcharge-increase-for-affordable-housing/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200157 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
On May 14 at 5 p.m., the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) board will hold a public hearing to discuss and potentially decide on fee waivers for affordable housing, and a potential water and wastewater surcharge to make up the money lost with the fee waivers.

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Community input sought in use of Running Iron Ranch http://www.pagosasun.com/community-input-sought-in-use-of-running-iron-ranch/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200163 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
At a joint meeting on March 12 that featured members of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD), San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) and members of the Weber family, a discussion was held about a variety of topics pertaining to the Running Iron Ranch.

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COVID-19: What the public needs to know about water and sanitation http://www.pagosasun.com/covid-19-what-the-public-needs-to-know-about-water-and-sanitation/ Sun, 22 Mar 2020 11:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199757 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, municipal water and sewer providers have addressed some common concerns among the general public.
At a regular meeting of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) Board of Directors on March 12, District Manager Justin Ramsey noted that COVID-19 cannot be spread through drinking water.
“It’s very susceptible to chlorine,” Ramsey said. “We do keep chlorine in our water.”
However, COVID-19 can be found in sewage, Ramsey noted, adding that there are other unhealthy things found in sewage as well.
“What the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the state recommends for our sanitation workers is, ‘don’t take any different precautions than they already should be taking. Because you’re dealing with nasty stuff,’” he said.
The only way PAWSD could be affected by COVID-19 is if too many staff members were to get sick, Ramsey added later.
According to Ramsey, the state of Colorado has put together a program, called CoWARN [Colorado Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network] that allows PAWSD to “share” equipment and staff.
“So if PAWSD gets hit real hard with this, I can call Durango and say ‘I need two water operators’ and if they have them available, they’ll send them to us,” he said. “It sets out how we’re going to pay for it and pay them back and so on and so forth.”
In a follow-up interview on March 17, Ramsey noted that PAWSD is now a part of CoWARN.
Additionally, Ramsey noted that PAWSD has run into issues with citizens using and flushing items that cause problems with PAWSD’s infrastructure.
“It is causing somewhat of a problem. It’s not a major catastrophe, but it is definitely clogging some pumps and causing a little bit of issues,” he said.
On March 17, PAWSD’s administrative offices closed to the public indefinitely, Ramsey explained in an email.
PAWSD customers will still receive regular water and wastewater service, Ramsey noted.
“You may still reach us by phone. To pay with cash or check, please place your payment in an envelope with your account number on it and distinguish it between fill station and utility payment, and place it in the lockbox located outside of the gates of the PAWSD driveway (the PAWSD brick sign.),” Ramsey wrote. “It will be checked each morning, and payments posted by noon each day, so please plan accordingly.”
Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained in an email to The SUN on March 17 that the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District is not doing anything different in terms of treatment.
“As always, we ask that people not flush anything down the toilet that is nonflushable. Those should go in the waste can,” she wrote.

 

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Water and fire district cancel elections due to lack of candidates http://www.pagosasun.com/water-and-fire-district-cancel-elections-due-to-lack-of-candidates/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199111 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Two local districts canceled their May 5 elections for district positions due to lack of director candidates.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-213/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199115 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, March 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, March 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, March 23
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation work session. 9 a.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, March 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, March 27
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-212/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:26:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198668 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 5
Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, March 9
Archuleta County Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 10
Archuleta School District Board of Education middle school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education Pagosa Family School visit. 2 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 11
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, March 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, March 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.

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PAWSD and BootJack Ranch discuss opposition of diligence claims http://www.pagosasun.com/pawsd-and-bootjack-ranch-discuss-opposition-of-diligence-claims/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198261 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
In a joint meeting on Feb. 12 between the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and BootJack Ranch representatives, discussions were held regarding both entities’ various opposition to each other’s cases pending in water court, according to a joint press release from both parties issued Monday.

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Snow water equivalency down 5 percent from last week http://www.pagosasun.com/snow-water-equivalency-down-5-percent-from-last-week/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198276 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
This week, snow water equivalency (SWE) is 80.5 percent of median, down from last week’s total of 85.5 percent of median, according to a press release from Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District Manager Justin Ramsey.

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