American Gulch Hearing Tops Council’S Agenda

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The plan to improve drainage problems into the American Gulch is up for a hearing this week.

At its Nov. 14 meeting, the town council will hold a public hearing on the American Gulch plan.

The matter went before the planning and zoning commission Oct. 28, but was tabled. Another planning hearing on the issue has not yet been set.

The following information on the conceptual plan was in the packet prepared for the planning group.

The plan has been in the hands of the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee for development and review for a year.

The purpose of the plan is to study the options available to reduce the current flood plain area so more land is available for private development. The area involved is about 43 acres and is south of Main Street and north of Aero Drive and crossed by McLane Road. The proposed channel for the drainage would be 200 feet wide and travel east to west near the northern border of the area.

The channel will reduce the current acreage within the 100-year flood plain from about 38 acres to 14 acres. It will provide for: about 21 acres for commercial and/or multi-family residential development; about 8 acres of commercial, office, parking and open space; about 2 acres of open space and parking; and 14 acres of floodway, open space and recreation.

The proposed plan includes recreational facilities beyond pedestrian and bicycle facilities to include picnic areas, benches, rest room, Frisbee golf, horseshoes and basketball.

The first phase of the project will be the construction of the channel and the culvert for McLane Road.

The second phase of the project will be the development of public parking facilities on current town lands.

The overall cost for the project is $2.5 million. The cost will have to be modified if the connector road between West Aero Drive and Main Street is relocated.

In other business

  • The town will have a public hearing on a new water ordinance (see related story).
  • Consider discontinuing maintenance on private dirt roads until the roads are dedicated and accepted into the town’s maintenance system.
  • Hear a request from the parks department to award $98,054 to Sellers & Sons, Inc. for a ballfield lighting and control link system in Rumsey Park. The money comes from the Heritage Fund Grant account.
  • Hear two requests from the public works department one for $111,102.58 from the Water Enterprise Fund for the purchase of a modular office building; and the other for $48,194.19 from the Water Enterprise Fund for a Polaris Ranger 2x4.
  • Authorize the fire department to spend $21,564.34 for an emergency generator at Fire Station 11.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the town hall council chambers, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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