Welcome to the City of Longmont's
weekly e-News update.
March 21, 2014
- Longmont Reservoir to be Filled, Flood Debris Removed
- Planning Continues on Sunset St. Bridge Replacement Project
- PRPA Community Listening Session at Plaza Event Center
- Hard to Recycle Event on March 29
- Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center to Open
- Kinetics Sculpture Race Information Meting at Senior Center
- Coffee with Council Meeting on Saturday, March 29
Longmont Reservoir to be Filled, Flood Debris Removed
After the September 2013 flood, Longmont Reservoir became filled with sediment and debris. In a matter of days, its entire holding capacity was used up as dirt and debris piled to levels of three to five feet over the top of Longmont Dam. Restoring capacity to the reservoir has been a top priority for the City of Longmont, as it provides essential water for the City’s residents during dry, summer months. Since an emergency access road was completed in December 2013, crews have been working diligently to dredge the reservoir and restore its function. The last scoop of debris was finally removed during the week of March 10. In order to expedite the dredging, the reservoir was drained. As of Wednesday, March 19, the reservoir drains were officially closed, allowing it to be refilled with water from Ralph Price Reservoir, upstream. Accomplishing the restoration of the reservoir prior to spring runoff is a significant success for the City. Much credit goes to Longmont contracting company, Nixcavating, and its commitment to on-time completion. If the deadline had not been met, work would have halted during spring and summer due to runoff impacts. Restoration of the reservoir better assures that the City of Longmont will be able to avoid water restrictions this summer and supply water during this peak demand period. Read the news release.
Planning Continues on Sunset St. Bridge Replacement Project
The City of Longmont and Boulder County are joining forces to plan the replacement of the Sunset Street Bridge that was damaged during the September 2013 flood. The bridge, located on Sunset St. between 3rd Avenue and Boston Avenue in Longmont, is owned by Boulder County but due to its location serves primarily city residents and businesses as an important north-south connection over the St. Vrain Creek. The two government agencies have agreed to work together on this project through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA), signed in October 2013. The agreement stipulates that Boulder County will take the lead on funding the project and the City of Longmont will manage the design and construction. The $2 to $3 million replacement cost will be funded primarily by federal emergency dollars and the county and city have agreed to share the cost of the cost not covered by the Federal Highway Administration. The bridge is expected to open in 2015. Read the news release.
PRPA Community Listening Session at Plaza Event Center
The public is invited to a Community Listening Session with Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) from 6 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 26, at the Plaza Event Center, 1850 Industrial Circle. PRPA has provided wholesale electricity to Longmont Power & Communications for more than 40 years, and as part of its long-term planning would like to know your preferences regarding future resource alternatives. This event is free and registration is not required. For more information visit http://www.prpa.org.
Hard to Recycle Event on March 29
The Longmont Waste Diversion Center at 140 Martin Street will hold a Hard-to-Recycle Event from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 29, for materials that are not accepted for curbside recycling. Materials accepted include computers, electronics, televisions, Styrofoam, cell phones, and many others. There may be a fee for certain items. Bring a copy of your current utility bill to show that you pay the waste management fee. For more information and a complete list of materials accepted visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/solidwaste or call 303-651-8416.
Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center to Open
Beginning April 12, Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center will be open from 10 am to 2 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, and beginning June 3, it also will be open from 9 am to noon on Tuesdays. If you’d like to help develop Sandstone District Park into a destination that visitors from all over will want to visit, volunteer! For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 303-651-8404.
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Kinetics Sculpture Race Information Meeting at Senior Center
Come to a Q & A session at 11 am on Saturday, March 22, at the Longmont Senior Center 910 Longs Peak Avenue, to learn how to build your own human-powered, water/land vehicle so you can participate in this year’s zany Kinetics event on June 21. You don’t need to own an aluminum welding operation to build a craft. Although this helps, many crafts start out with an old canoe, kayak or bike. Come learn from experts who been competing for years. For more information visit http://www.kineticists.org or call 303-651-8406.
Coffee with Council Meeting on Saturday, March 29
Longmont City Council is hosting Coffee with Council from 9 to 10 am on Saturday, March 29, at Ziggi’s Coffee, 1139 Francis Street. At this event, you can talk informally with at least two council members on any topic of your choice. Mayor Pro Tem Brian Bagley and Council Member Bonnie Finley are scheduled to attend. For information about council meetings and agendas, call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-651-8649.