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Longmont City Council to Review Multimillion-dollar List of Capital Improvements Project Proposals

September 4, 2018

Longmont City Council will consider capital improvements at tonight's meeting.

If you go

What: Longmont City Council study session

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Civic Center council chambers, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont

Agenda: tinyurl.com/yaxl9q63

Further information: The staff’s proposed 2019 budget, proposed 2019-23 capital improvement program and proposed 2019 employee pay plan can be viewed through links at tinyurl.com/y9dn9jy5

Proposed 2019 Longmont capital improvements

Longmont’s city staff has recommended spending $87.92 million on capital improvements projects within the $362.79 million operating budget proposed for 2019, including:

• $47.27 million in water projects

• $13.84 million in transportation projects

• $8.78 million in drainage projects

• $5.14 million in parks, recreation and open space projects

• $4.93 million in electric projects

• $3.87 million in projects at public buildings and facilities

• $2.23 million in NextLight broadband fiber-optic system projects

• $1.62 million in sewer projects

• $151,500 in sanitation projects

• 80,000 in downtown development projects

Longmont’s City Council tonight is to start scrutinizing the $87.92 million in additions, repairs and upgrades to the city’s infrastructure that the staff has recommended be included in the proposed 2019 budget.

The most expensive item on next year’s list would be a $41.2 million payment toward Longmont’s share of the eventual costs of the $570 million Windy Gap Firming Project, which includes a reservoir to be built west of Carter Lake in Larimer County to store water for participants in the Windy Gap trans-mountain diversion, storage and distribution of water from the Colorado River basin.

Longmont — one of nine municipalities, two water districts and the Platte River Power Authority that are participants in the project — would have the rights to store 8,000 acre-feet of the 90,000 acre-feet of water in that Chimney Hollow Reservoir, construction of which is tentatively set to begin next year.

Longmont’s total cost of its share of the project has been estimated at $52.5 million. The city staff has reported that Longmont has previously paid $5.9 million toward that expense and has $5.4 million in this year’s budget for another payment, leaving the $41.2 million that’s now being proposed for inclusion in the city’s 2019 budget.

Last year, Longmont voters approved issuing up to $36.3 million in water-utility bonds to help fund the city’s remaining share of the Windy Gap Firming Project’s costs. City Manager Harold Dominguez wrote the council in his summary of the overall package of city budget spending proposed for 2019 that once the project’s final costs are known, the staff will work to identify options for covering the rest of Longmont’s expense.

Tonight’s council review of the $87.92 million in capital improvements the staff has recommended for next year, and the $217.75 million five-year Capital Improvement Program plan that the staff has proposed for 2019-2023, is part of several weeks of discussions before council formally adopts a 2019 city budget in October.

Chief city financial officer Jim Golden and budget manager Teresa Molloy said in a memo that the staff will make presentations about several of the projects being proposed for funding in next year’s Longmont budget, and that staff will be available to answer questions about any questions council members might have about any of the projects in the recommended 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program.

Another of the more expensive items on next year’s projects list would be $7.13 million for a Spring Gulch No. 2 greenway trail and drainage improvements from Stephen Day Park at 1340 Deerwood Drive southeast to the Union Reservoir Recreation Area at Weld County Road 26, including a pedestrian underpass and drainage culvert under County Line Road.

About $6.9 million would be spent on next year’s phase of Longmont’s annual street pavement rehabilitation program, which will include asphalt overlays, pavement reconstruction, patching, chip sealing, crack sealing, and curb, gutter and sidewalk replacements as well as work toward meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for curb access ramps.

Specific street rehabilitation projects that would get funding in 2019 aren’t detailed in the Capital Improvement Program but will be “selected based on street system priorities,” according to that document.

Another transportation project would spend nearly $1.7 million next year on a variety of multimodal and traffic safety improvements to Pike Road between South Sunset and South Main streets, including construction of a widened roadway to provide for paved on-street bike lanes and intersections improvements at South Coffman Street and South Pratt Parkway.

Left turn lanes would be added at South Coffman for eastbound and westbound Pike Road traffic, and the intersection at South Pratt Parkway would be realigned so that traffic on that street approaches at a perpendicular angle rather than the current skewed angle. Pedestrian improvements would include installation of concrete sidewalk along the north side of Pike from South Sunset to the Left Hand Creek underpass and from South Coffman to South Main.

Capital improvements are funded from 25 accounts within the overall city budget. Part of tonight’s city staff presentation is to focus on $3.46 million in projects to be funded from the Public Improvement Fund in the proposed 2019 budget.

Projects getting shares of those Public Improvement Fund dollars next year would be spending on the annual program of rehabilitating, replacing and upgrading infrastructure at or within city buildings and facilities, such as $732,089 for roofs, $635,942 for heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, $195,869 for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, $46,814 for boilers, $18,180 for flooring, $16,200 for interior maintenance, $10,000 for exterior maintenance and $166,650 for municipal buildings’ parking lots.

Next year’s Public Improvement Fund’s capital improvements spending also would include $155,153 for maintenance of Longmont’s wading and swimming pools, and a $229,108 remodeling of the Civic Center council chambers, a project that would replace the carpet, seating, lighting, ceiling, the council’s desk area and the audience’s seats.

Some parks and recreation projects’ expenses would be covered by the Public Improvement Fund, as well. Next year, $255,594 would be spent on replacing a pedestrian bridge at Garden Acres Park at 2058 Spencer St., replacing one over the Oligarchy Ditch east of Longs Peak Avenue, improving a culvert crossing at the Union Ditch inlet at Union Reservoir.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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