Longmont City Council OKs Adding Bond-financed Projects to Capital Improvements Program

January 23, 2019
University of Wyoming golfer Erin Sargent tees off on the first hole at Twin Peak Golf Course on Thursday. Sargent, who was home on break, is a 2016 graduate of Silver Creek High School. City council on Tuesday voted to include a set of bond-financed projects in the city's 2019 capital improvements program. Among those projects is the $3.1 million replacement of the irrigation system of Twin Peaks Golf Course.

Longmont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to include a set of bond-financed projects in the city’s 2019 capital improvements program.

Revenues from the $32.8 million in voter-approved bond sales were added, in a separate unanimous council vote, to the $363.24 million budget council adopted for the current calendar year.

The projects to be constructed over coming years range from improvements to city golf course irrigation systems to the replacements of two fire stations.

In November, voters approved three separate bond questions, authorizing the sale of up to $32.8 million in bonds to cover the projects’ costs.

Jim Golden, the city’s chief financial officer, in a December email has said Longmont will likely sell the bonds this summer. He said he believed most of the major projects on the bonded list will be going through planning and design phases much of the rest of this year.

Council members did not discuss any specific projects on the list during Tuesday’s meeting.

Among the projects and their projected costs, according to staff memos and project descriptions in the capital improvements program, are: (

• The $4.41 million replacement and possible relocation of Fire Station No. 2, which is now at 2300 Mountain View Ave.

• The $4.98 million replacement of the Fire Station No. 6 building, 501 S Pratt Parkway.

• $8.59 million for rehabilitation and repair work at the Civic Center Complex, 350 Terry St.

• $2.99 million for rehabilitation work at the Safety and Justice Center, 225 Kimbark St.

• $2.12 million for rehabilitation and repair work at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave.

• $2.45 million for assessment of conditions and repair and renovation needs at various other facilities, including the Longmont Recreation Center at 310 Quail Road, the Museum and Cultural Center at 400 Quail Road and the St. Vrain Memorial Building at 700 Longs Peak Ave.

• $1.48 million for development of a maintenance facility for the Ute Creek Golf Course, 2000 Ute Creek Drive.

• $3.1 million for replacement of the irrigation system of Twin Peaks Golf Course, 1200 Cornell Drive.

• $854,800 for replacement of the irrigation system of Sunset Golf Course, 1900 Longs Peak Ave.

• $290,400 for other irrigation rehabilitation work at various city golf courses.

• $941,428 for renovations of the lobby, locker rooms and public restrooms and the addition of a family changing room at Centennial Swimming Pool, 1201 Alpine St.

Principal and interest payments on the voter-approved bonds are to be made from a 2 percent portion of Longmont’s overall 3.53 percent sales and use tax.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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