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December 15, 2017
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Councilor Proposes $12.75M in Park Improvements
(2008-05-21)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: While Durango City Council continues to deliberate a 14-point-5 million dollar bond to fix Florida Road, one councilor is proposing a second multi-million dollar bond for parks.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: City Councilor Scott Graham says he's been told by some in the community, a 10-million dollar bond to fund improvements for a new regional park at Grandview wouldn't win voter support.
GRAHAM: THERE'S CONCERN THAT BECAUSE THE POPULATION BASE IN DURANGO CURRENTLY IS QUITE A WAYS AWAY FROM THAT PARK IT MAY BE HARD TO SELL A BOND JUST FOR THAT PARK.
He used last night's council session to unveil an email he sent to fellow councilors May 8th.
It's a plan for an even larger bond issue, to fund more than the Grandview Park, which Graham says might have a better chance of winning approval, much like the school system bond.
GRAHAM: WE ADDED SOMETHING TO EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL AND THEREFORE ALL OF US, WHETHER WE WERE PARENTS OR WHEREVER WE HAD CONNECTIONS TO THOSE SCHOOLS, WE SAW GOOD THINGS HAPPENING TO ALL THOSE SCHOOLS. AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS WHEN THAT BOND PASSED IT WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST SCHOOL BOND PASSAGES EVER.
Graham's calls his recreation bond idea a multi-facted proposal, consisting of a dozen projects.
In addition to the Grandview soccer, lacrosse and football fields plus playgrounds he proposes:
Installing a second sheet of ice at Chapman, and a used low cost lift on the ski hill.
Build a new gun club building if the present one near Chapman hill needs to be relocated.
Refurbish six closed tennis courts at Ft. Lewis College, and replace lighting at the college softball complex with lower glare, low energy use lights.
Improve Holly and Cundiff Parks.
Build a new BMX track on land near the Animas LaPlata pump station.
Plus other smaller improvements.
Graham says his list of projects stem listening a lot, talking with fellow councilors and others, and from a community meeting held in March.
GRAHAM: THE CITY GAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL THE FOLKS WHO HAD RECREATIONAL INSTERESTS TO COME FORWARD AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THOSE INTERESTS WERE. THAT MEETING THAT NIGHT IS REALLY I THINK WHAT KINDA KICKED INTO MY BRAIN THE IDEA THAT THERE'S A LOT OF NEEDS HERE, AND IF WE ALL GET TOGETHER INCLUSIVELY AND LOOK AT THESE WE CAN MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN HERE.
Graham suggests his list of projects could be accomplished for 12 and three quarters million dollars, ten million of which would be bonded.
Graham says the next step would be to update park plans.
His proposals drew reaction from only one councilor, Leigh Meigs, who urged residents provide input.
It could go to voters next April, when Graham could face re-election along with two other councilors.
Or, it could be put to a vote in November of 2009.
Councilors right now are wrestling with whether or not to recommend a bond goes on this November's ballot, approving 14-and a half million dollars, to fix up Florida Road.
A public meeting on the Florida Road bond is scheduled for May 29th at 6pm.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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