July 18, 2008

Colorado Homeland Security Director Enters Dam Talks

By Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Jul. 18--DILLON, Colo. (Ap) -- Colorado's homeland security director will meet with Summit County and Denver Water officials to settle the dispute over the closure of a road along Dillon Reservoir.

The dam in Summit County is Denver's main drinking water source and the water board closed Dillon Dam Road last week because of security concerns.

Denver Water rearranged barriers on the road and gave Summit County authorities keys to unlock gates so emergency vehicles could get through.

The Lake Dillon Fire Protection District said the gates will slow response time and issued a notice Wednesday ordering Denver Water to comply with fire codes. The district referred the alleged violation to the sheriff's department.

Fire district spokesman Brandon Williams said state homeland-security director Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney attended a meeting with Denver Water and Summit County authorities Wednesday.

"General Whitney will be taking an active role in our discussions with Denver Water to facilitate the immediate restoration of public and emergency access," Williams said Thursday.

Summit County authorities said there doesn't appear to be a specific security threat to the dam.

Denver Water officials have said they want to work with Summit County to resolve the dispute.


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