Our #1 priority is to go look for and explore possibilities, acquiring property and land in an area outside of where we now draw our water. We are asking for $660,000 to support the beginning of the project.
This all-encompassing project would cost about $1.6 million, based on the price of acquisition of land, water rights, easements, studies, equipment, drilling, etc. The first step would be a feasibility study to make sure the village doesn't waste money on something that could not happen in the first place.
We are doing just fine right now, but we need to not have all our eggs in one basket -- and that is basically what we are talking about here. The Cloudcroft Village has about 850 acre feet of water rights, but uses about 300 acre feet.
Another Cloudcroft priority is the replacement of existing water and wastewater service lines, estimated to cost $2.3 million; the rehabilitation of the community center and the Nivison Library; and more than $508,000 to purchase new heavy equipment for the village's public works department.