Council approves contracts for 2021 pavement upkeep program

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Castle Rock City Council, at its March 2 session, approved multiple contracts to run the $ 11.5 million walkway maintenance program in 2021.

Public works director Dan Sailor said bids for the various projects falling under the PMP plan were lower than expected, leaving the city with more than $ 340,000 in surplus for other urban needs.

With council approval, the PMP plan will include 109 miles of manure with manure for 2021. 23 lane miles mill and edition; 4.5 miles of concrete restoration; and 1.5 miles of rebuilding.

The planned work also includes removing and replacing damaged concrete curbs, gutters and public sidewalks.

In 2021, road works will mainly focus on northern Castle Rock, including the Cobblestone Ranch, Terrain, Castle Oaks, Sapphire Pointe, Diamond Ridge and Timber Canyon neighborhoods.

Sailor said the public works crews will also be working in the Metzler Ranch and Red Hawk neighborhoods to complete the work that was postponed last year.

Preventive maintenance is planned for First Street, Scott Boulevard, Promenade Parkway, Meadows Boulevard, Wolfensberger Road, and Crystal Valley Parkway in 2021.

The annual PMP program is funded by the city’s transport fund, which includes revenue from sales, vehicle and building use taxes.

Information about the PMP program can be found at CRgov.com/PMP.

Sailor continued the road construction discussions and briefed the city council on the planned roundabout on Wilcox and South Streets in downtown. The nearly $ 2 million project is slated to begin in April and run through August.

Sailor said when reviewing the project they were looking into the cost of closing the intersection completely during construction and the cost of partially closing it. Sailor said closing the intersection completely during construction would be cheaper and take less time.

In a presentation to the city council, Sailor revealed that it would take an estimated 3.5 months to completely shut down the downtown intersection during construction, unless unforeseen weather conditions occur and cost an estimated $ 1.8 million.

A partial closure would require more than five months to build and cost more than $ 2 million.

Several council members expressed concern about the payment for the project, largely due to the increased traffic that will bring the 181,000-square-foot mixed-use Encore settlement south of City Hall to the city center. The project comprises 124 condominiums.

“I think a million dollars in tax money is absurd,” said Laura Cavey, councilor for District 2. “We need to negotiate better with the builders.”

City administrator David Corliss said Encore is paying the city nearly $ 1 million in impact fees, including funding the downtown quiet zone project.

Corliss said the developer will also donate 308 public parking spaces once Encore is near town hall once construction is complete.

As the start date for construction of the roundabout approaches, Sailor said public works will begin with outreach to communicate road closures and identify detours. Some construction is required on Phelps and Wilcox Drive to create a designated detour route, Sailor said.

In other matters, the City Council approved / discussed the following:

A new water billing system

The council approved the purchase of a new customer accounting and customer portal software system from Harris Computer NorthStar for $ 410,000. The changeover to the new system will take place in 2022. The system will provide mobile service orders for field service technicians. Account setup options added; and an expanded online customer portal that includes real-time payments and additional payment options such as PayPal, Venmo and Amazon Pay.

Construction contracts for water wells

In anticipation of the drought conditions this summer, Castle Rock Water is advancing the Denver pumping rehabilitation and replacement project in 2021. The city council approved $ 1 million construction contracts that split the work between two contractors to help expedite the project. The project is financed from water charges and fees.

Change in the promenade development

The Council approved the second reading of a regulation amending the Castle Rock Promenade Development Plan and Agreement, which updates the development plan for the area in the center of the promenade near Sam’s Club. The change provides for a multi-family residential area with 300 residential units and an outdoor community park. The agreement also carries over to the city’s ownership of 43 acres of vacant land on the east side of Interstate 25 on Castle Rock Parkway, which is being converted into designated open space.

Community grants

The council approved three grants funded from the council’s 2021 Community Grant Program. The program awards grants for community-based projects that contribute to the quality of life in the city. The Castle Rock Orchestra, Castle View Gridiron Club, and Lady Trailblazers Inc. each received $ 500 plus an additional $ 500 to be shared among applicants.