Longmont City Council to Consider $330,000 Property Purchase Near Button Rock Preserve

September 24, 2018

Ralph Price Reservoir at Button Rock Preserve is seen in this 2016 file photo. City council on Tuesday will consider purchasing 35 vacant acres near the preserve for $330,000.

If you go

What: Longmont City Council

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: 350 Kimbark St.

Agenda: tinyurl.com/yccnqx3v

Longmont will pay $330,000 to buy a vacant 35-acre private property at 1765 Longmont Dam Road if city council on Tuesday approves the purchase.

The property, now owned by Susan K. Adams, lies adjacent to and immediately east of Button Rock Preserve, the natural watershed that includes the Ralph Price Reservoir and Longmont Reservoir in a river valley west of Lyons — an area that provides Longmont with a majority of its municipal drinking water supply.

Boulder County Road 80 splits the 35-acre Adams parcel into two pieces, with the North St. Vrain Creek running adjacent to and through the southern portion of the property.

City staff said adding the Adams property to Button Rock Preserve would provide a greater buffer to the area and reduce the impact of potential development within the watershed.

If an owner of another private property adjacent to the preserve sought in the future to develop, the city could seek to exchange part of the Adams property to try to prevent new development from happening higher up in the watershed.

Owning the Adams property also would give the city better and more efficient access to an underground North St. Vrain water pipeline in the area, according to Ken Huson, the city’s water resources manager.

The city’s $330,000 cost for the purchase would come from the Water Operating Fund and the Open Space Fund.

Staff wrote to council that the purchase price “represents the current market value for lands within this area and believes this acquisition will further enhance the management of the Button Rock Preserve.”

The Button Rock Preserve, popular for hikers and backcountry fishing, is a walk-in-only forested area that provides “opportunities to view wildlife, the natural environment, and water management facilities at a close level,” according to the website about the Preserve — tinyurl.com/yc24ve39 .

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

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