FARMINGTON — At its work session Tuesday morning, the Farmington City Council will discuss the Piñon Hills Boulevard and Dustin Avenue intersection and a proposal to withdraw a loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.
An updated traffic engineer evaluation of the Piñon Hills Boulevard and Dustin Avenue intersection shows the area would benefit from a traffic signal, according to a Hardwick Transportation Group report.
At an Oct. 22 meeting, council approved a new traffic policy, which Councilor Gayla McCulloch said will remove emotion from traffic control decisions.
In the past, emotion, special interest groups and money have influenced those decisions, said Mayor Tommy Roberts.
Opponents of the new policy say it limits the public's influence.
"It's nonsense," said Councilor Mary Fischer, adding that the process was fine before the new policy.
Decisions about other intersections along Piñon Hills Boulevard have become emotional, McCulloch said.
On Aug. 2, 2012, at the intersection of Piñon Hills Boulevard and Butler Avenue, a commercial truck collided with and killed Andrew Pope, an 18-year-old Aztec High School football player.
A loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund would pay for the construction of upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to the council agenda.
Those upgrades include a new medium-rate activated sludge basin, final clarifier, solids handling facility and an ultraviolet disinfection system, according to the agenda.
The city needs an estimated $10 million, according to the agenda. Over the 20-year loan, the city would pay an additional $672,000 in interest.
The city completed the first two phases of the building's expansion in 2004, according to the agenda. It withdrew a $14.18 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and pays $952,998 annually in interest and principal until 2026, according to the agenda. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies administer money from the fund.
City council will vote whether to draft an ordinance to approve withdrawing a loan from the fund.