Water loading station servicing oil, construction industries on tap for Windsor
December 22, 2012
A water truck filling station serving about 200 tankers daily in the oil and gas, agriculture and construction industries appears to be on tap for Windsor in 2013.
The project would go up in the Great Western Industrial Park and will feature six loading bays that will be accessible all day and night for approved buyers. Water would be pumped from three already existing wells nearby and stored in a retention pond that has yet to be constructed and would be drawn from as needed.
The transfer facility's site plan went before the planning commission earlier this month ahead of a presentation to the Windsor Town Board on Monday, which approved of the project with a few reservations.
Wary of an influx in truck traffic between the new project and a nearby sand loading station said to also service up to 200 haulers daily, board member Don Thompson urged staff and the board to reexamine just how growth of this size could be more closely monitored, cautioning everyone about the potential impacts on the community's roadways.
"I don't understand how we can manage growth when we have operations like this come to town," he said. "I don't see how we can do that."
Clay Drake of the Great Western Development Co., represented the interested companies, Broe Land Acquisitions, LLC and Blue Water Resources, LLC. He argued that the truck traffic would serve rural areas of the county and wouldn't roll down Main Street on a regular basis.
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He also noted that water sales could rake in about $200,000 in sales tax annually, depending on demand.
Recognizing the topic of road impact fees by the industry was a discussion for a later date, Mayor John Vazquez expressed concerns from a water-safety perspective. Drawing on his experience in the industry, Vazquez urged the owner of the facility to include language that would give them legal footing in case someone dumped water — especially contaminated water — at the site, potentially jeopardizing supplies in the area.
The un-staffed facility will in no way be a dumping ground, Drake assured, adding that security cameras would catch anyone attempting to use the station for purposes other than loading up their trucks.
Moving forward, town staff will work with the applicants on site specifics and legal language. Construction would be short-lived and the facility could be open early in 2013.