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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Florida Fix-up, $14M+, Bond Issue
(2008-03-26)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango City councilors appear ready to take a "go-slow" approach to approving a multi-million dollar fixup of Florida Road.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: There's been talk for years about ways to fix up the deteriorating stretch of Florida road, from it's intersection with East Third to County Road 250.
About 12-thousand cars use Florida daily.
In 2001, city voters rejected a 9-million dollar bond issue to fix the road.
The cost has now risen to an estimated 14-point-5 million dollars.
City staff is once again proposing a bond issue to pay for the improvements, which were detailed to three of five councilors during a study session yesterday.
MICHAEL RENDON: HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO DO IT THIS WAY, ASSUMING THE BOND WAS APPROVED?
ROGERS: I THINK IT'S TWO CONSTRUCTION SEASONS. IF WE COULD GET THE BOND APPROVED IN 2008 WE COULD BEGIN IT IN 2009 AND FINISH IT IN 2010.
City Public Works Director Jack Rogers spent nearly an hour fielding questions like that one from councilor Michael Rendon.
Here's what's proposed: Three 11 foot wide travel lanes, two westbound, one eastbound, with sidewalks on the river side of the road between third and Riverview, then one lane each direction, a center left turn lane, sidewalks on both sides, and some right turn lanes, stretching from Riverview to County Road 250.
Four foot wide bike lanes would be on both sides of the road for it's entire length.
The often criticized Florida, 3rd Avenue, 15th Street intersection would not change.
Rogers says to fix that would cost an addition four or five million dollars.
It's expected the 14-point-5 million dollar bond would be repaid without an increase in city sales or property taxes.
Councilor Michael Rendon says he thinks the bond issue is justifiable, but it will come at the expense of other city improvements.
Councilor's Doug Lyon says he want to know more.
LYON: HOW MUCH WOULD AN OVERLAY OF FLORIDA ROAD COST AND HOW LONG WOULD IT LAST. I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE BECAUSE I TELL YOU, IF THE BOND ISSUE FAILS IT WILL BE BECAUSE PEOPLE SAID I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE SPENDING SUCH A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY WHEN YOU COULD HAVE DONE AN OVERLAY FOR 700-GRAND AND IT WOULD LAST NINE YEARS.
Rogers says Florida could be resurfaced for considerably less than 14-million dollars.
But it's not known how long that would last, and it wouldn't address drainage and safety issues.
Councilor Renee Parsons likes leaving it up to the voters.
PARSONS: SOUNDS LIKE TO ME THAT MAJOR SURGERY IS JUSTIFIED, BUT I THINK THAT THE BOND IS THE LEAST PAINFUL WAY TO GO AT THIS POINT, AND SEEMS TO ME TO BE THE MOST REASONABLE.
Rogers agreed they need to determine if there is public support for the bond.
Councilors have until July 25th to notify the county clerk they want a bond issue on November's ballot.
They'd need to vote on the matter, prior to then.
Councilors Scott Graham and Leigh Meigs were absent from yesterdays meeting.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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