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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LeBlanc Officially Durango Manager/RICD Agreement OK'd
(2007-11-07)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: It's official. Durango has a new city manager. And may also be on the verge of finally winning a recreational water right for the Animas River.
KSUT's Victor Locke Reports.

VICTOR: City Councilors formally hired Ketchum, Idaho town administrator Ron LeBlanc, at the conclusion of a four and a half hour meeting Tuesday night.
City Attorney David Smith says the contract LeBlanc signs has him starting his new job January 8th.
SMITH: UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT, MR. LEBLANC WILL START AT AN ANNUAL SALARY OF $136-THOUSAND 114-DOLLARS, WILL BE PROVIDED RETIREMENT BENEFITS AND HEALTH BENEFITS CONSISTENT WITH BENEFITS PROVIDED BY THE CITY TO OTHER EMPLOYEES, AND WILL RECEIVE TEH USE OF A VEHICLE AND CELLPHONE AT CITY EXPENSE.
LeBlanc also receives a moving allowance.
He was one of three finalists, and was offered the job by council two weeks ago to replace Bob Ledger who retired this summer after almost 25 years.
Another unanimous vote may end almost two years of effort by Durango to obtain a recreational water right on the Animas River.
Councilors agreed to a stipulated agreement involving the city, county and dozens of others who opposed the application Durango first filed in February 2006.
Boulder water attorney Ronni Sperling helped negotiate the settlement for the city.
SPERLING: THERE HAVE BEEN HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS OF WORK PUT IN BY ALL OF THE PARTIES, BY THE STAFF, BY CITY STAFF, BY THE STAFFS OF THE OBJECTORS, BY THEIR ATTORNEYS. AND THE RESULT IS, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SETTLEMENT PACKAGE.
LaPlata County Commissioners reportedly approved the settlement earlier in the day.
The agreements are expected to go to water court Judge Greg Lymon for possible approval, later today when details of the settlement are expected to be disclosed.
Councilors also held a public hearing on Durango's proposed 2008 operating and capital improvement budget, totalling nearly 65-million dollars.
Unlike years past when no one, or only one or two people showed up for the hearing, nine people appeared this year.
Of those, three made a pitch for more funding for community access television and two spoke on behalf of the city funding a resource sustainability program.
Council will meet again later this month to try and arrive at final budget figures.
Adoption of the final spending plan is expected in early December.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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