FARMINGTON — Farmington City Council members are scheduled to discuss during a morning work session on Tuesday a list of 10 infrastructure capital improvement projects that need to be narrowed to five.
"Every year we're required to submit to the state our updated top five ICIP projects," City Manager Rob Mayes said.
At its last work session, council narrowed the current list down to 10 from about 30, and staff are now recommending five projects that the city will submit to the Department of Finance and Administration's Local Government Division by Sept. 2.
Around January, council is expected to narrow the list of five projects further to lobby lawmakers for funding in the Roundhouse during the next legislative session.
Staff recommends that the following projects be prioritized at the following bidding prices: a river trail and walking bridge at $2.4 million, a detention pond at $1.9 million, a recreation center expansion at $1.6 million, a Totah river park and Native American market place at $3.5 million, and a regional detox and treatment center at $2 million, according to city documents.
Two projects staff have calculated are the most likely to receive capital outlay funds are the river trails and walking bridges along the Animas River and the detention pond on vacant school property at Country Club Elementary, which is among the locations being considered.
The trail and bridge project would connect east and west Farmington and encourage walking and socializing along the Animas River, according to city documents.
The city may change the location proposed for the detention pond as consultants are still studying the project, Public Works Director David Sypher said. Detention ponds are intended to lessen flood damage by collecting and slowly releasing surging water.
Other projects and the associated funds requested on the preliminary list are an airport terminal remodel and expansion and t-hangar improvement at $1.4 million, the civic center's phase II expansion at $3.6 million, a compressed natural gas refilling station at $1.5 million, a new fire station and its equipment at $4 million, and a waterline project at $6 million, according to city documents.
Council will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at 800 Municipal Drive.