Tribe opens new utilities building

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Chairman Clement J. Frost and Bruce Valdez, Growth Fund executive director, cut the ribbon opening the utilities building.
Vice Chairman Melvin J. Baker thanks the utilities department and Growth Fund staff for their contributions to the tribe.
Vice Chairman Melvin J. Baker admires the interiors of the new building, led by Hayes Briskey, acting manager of the utilities division.
Chairman Clement J. Frost and Growth Fund executive director, Bruce Valdez share a conversation about the opening of the new utilities building. Tribal members can expect updated services and easier payment systems from the department.
A lunch was provided for all in attendance. Burgers, hot dogs, cake, beans, and pasta salad were on the menu.
Growth Fund executive director, Bruce Valdez and Chuck Farago, operations manager, cuts the cake.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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The Southern Ute Growth Fund has opened a new utilities building. Tribal Council and representatives of the Southern Ute Growth Fund gathered at the site on Thursday, June 26 for a grand opening ceremony that was blessed by council member, Howard D. Richards Sr. Located on State Highway 172 just north of the solid waste transfer station, the new utilities building will feature updated services for tribal members, including a convenient payment system. Tribal members can now make payments at the new building’s drive-up window with an online payment system expected to follow. The utilities building will continue to manage water treatment, water hauling, trash collecting, natural gas, and other services provided throughout the reservation. New staff has been hired to replace those who have retired from the department. Chairman Clement J. Frost and Bruce Valdez, executive director of the Growth Fund, had the honor of cutting the ribbon during the grand opening.

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