Text of the Petitions

These petitions have been approved by the City Clerk’s Office to be circulated for 90 days. If we are successful in getting the required number of signatures (between 6,500 – 8,000), these measures will be voted on approximately August 3, 2021 in a special election.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF GREELEY HOME RULE CHARTER:

Section 17-9  Procedures for Sale of Water and/or Water Supply and Treatment Facilities

a. No water rights, shares, or allotment of the City of Greeley, which may be usable now or in the future through the City of Greeley’s water treatment plants, nor any water supply and water treatment facilities, which are owned by the City of Greeley now or in the future, shall be sold or permanently disposed of through exchange, subrogation, trade, or lease for more than five (5) years, or otherwise permanently disposed of unless and until the question of whether to sell or permanently dispose of such water rights and/or water supply and treatment facilities has first been submitted to and approved by a majority vote of the registered electors of the City of Greeley.

b. Prior to submitting the question of the sale or other permanent disposal of water rights, and/or water supply and treatment facilities to the voters, the City Council shall cause a comprehensive and objective independent engineering study to be performed to determine the long-term effects, benefits, cost, advantages, disadvantages and advisability of such an action.

c. The engineering report, including all data and calculations, conclusions, and recommendations, shall be complete and available for inspection by the public, and copies shall be available to the public at least sixty (60) days prior to the election. The City Council shall hold at least one public hearing on the question at least thirty (30) days prior to the election.  The engineer who prepared the independent study shall be present at the public hearing to answer any questions which may be presented at the hearing.

d. The City Council shall cause to be published at least twice, one week apart, public advertisement to give notice that the engineering study is available by download from the City’s website and on file and available in the City offices and library, the first such publication to be at least twenty (20) days before any public hearing. Notices of the public hearing shall be published at least twice, one week apart, the first publication to be at least fifteen (15) days before the public hearing.

e. The above prohibitions shall supersede any City of Greeley Charter provision, City Ordinance and any Contract entered into by the City or agent of the City.

Petitioners request that a special election be held to consider the proposed Charter Amendment, approximately August 3, 2021.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF GREELEY HOME RULE CHARTER:

Section 17-10 Procedures for Acquisition and Provision of Ground Water and/or Recycled Wastewater.

a. No ground water and/or recycled wastewater may be purchased/leased, and/or provided, either directly, through the City’s ownership of existing ground water rights, or indirectly, through ownership of shares in ditch and reservoir companies, through the City of Greeley’s water system, water treatment plants or other water infrastructure, to the registered electors of Greeley for their drinking water and/or non-potable use unless and until the question of whether to purchase/lease and/or provide such ground water or recycled wastewater has first been submitted to and approved by a majority vote of the registered electors of the City of Greeley.

b. Prior to submitting the question of the purchase/lease of ground water and/or recycled wastewater to the voters, the City Council shall cause a comprehensive and objective independent engineering study to be performed to determine the long-term effects, benefits, cost, advantages, disadvantages and advisability of such an action.

c. The engineering report, including all data and calculations, conclusions, and recommendations, shall be complete and available for inspection by the public, and copies shall be available to the public at least sixty (60) days prior to the election. The City Council shall hold at least one public hearing on the question at least thirty (30) days prior to the election.  The engineer who prepared the independent study shall be present at the public hearing to answer any questions which may be presented at the hearing.

d. The City Council shall cause to be published at least twice, one week apart, public advertisement to give notice that the engineering study is available by download from the City’s website and on file and available in the City offices and library, the first such publication to be at least twenty (20) days before any public hearing. Notices of the public hearing shall be published at least twice, one week apart, the first publication to be at least fifteen (15) days before the public hearing.

e. The above prohibitions shall supersede any City of Greeley Charter provision, City Ordinance and any Contract entered into by the City or agent of the City.

Petitioners request that a special election be held to consider the proposed Charter Amendment, approximately August 3, 2021.

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