The new well at the Hideout Golf Course is 1,500 feet deep and will provide 100 gallons a minute of water from the Navajo sandstone aquifer. The goal was 200 gallons per minute. The total cost of the well was approximately $500,000.
A hydro-geologist is investigating the drilling of a well north of town, but the estimated cost would be $1,000,000.
A previous shallow well in town, the Jaramillo well, produced 75 gallons per minute but it collapsed and would need to be re-drilled and re-cased.
The shallow wells generally have high concentrations of iron and are used in the secondary system.
Also discussed was drilling a shallow well near a city treatment pond and adding it to the culinary system.
Public works director Nathan Langston said city residents met the goal of cutting water use by 25 percent in the summer of 2013. He added that the golf course cut water usage by 30 percent.
The City used 180 acre-feet of water from Loyds Lake in 2013 and an estimated 900 acre-feet of water remains. Langston adds that spring flow is bringing 200 gallons per minute and the city collection ponds are nearly full.
In other matters, the Council discussed a proposal to combine the proposed City of Monticello community center/golf club house with the proposed San Juan County senior center.
A floor plan will be presented to the San Juan County Commission on February 24. If the sides can agree, the city could submit a supplemental request to the Community Impact Board in April.
Bids for the proposed city community center came in significantly higher than was budgeted.
Assistant City Manager Oliver Crane said the Planning Commission is working on an ordinance to eliminate light pollution. A motion was then made by Councilman Scott Frost to direct the Planning Commission to draft an ordinance to protect the night sky. The motion passed unanimously.
An alcohol license was approved for Canyonlands Conoco pending the approval of the Chief of Police.
Sarah English, representing the Monticello Community Swim Team, asked the council to open the city swimming pool earlier in the year. The swim team hopes the pool can open by May 1 but would like to see it open as early as March.
City Manager Greg Westfall discussed the financial situation and the costs of opening the pool earlier than usual. He explained that it takes a month to get the pool, and training staff adds to the cost. The building is not heated, so the pool must open when the weather warms up. Westfall said it costs about $5,000 per month to operate the pool.