With the summer construction season right around the corner, the Victor Public Works Department will soon be hopping.
During his report to Victor City Council on March 28, Public Works Director Dan Delaney said his department is wrapping up drainage projects on Second Street and is moving on to Third Street. One section of Fourth Street is completed with curbs, gutters and asphalt and this summer that project continues on a second section.
The city has worked out a deal with the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. to use piles of their waste rock located around the city for street work and top soil being removed by the mine as part of Mine-Life Extension II project could be available for a Gold Bowl improvement project.
Work at the water treatment plant is also continuing.
“The bid for the water tank work came in over budget so that project is on hold for a while,” Delaney said, adding that while the tank repairs are on hold, the water plant's emergency generator project should still continue to move forward. If power goes down at the plant there is no back-up system, he said.
“Velocity Constructors had the low bid and we should approve a contract with them to install an emergency generator,” he said.
Council agreed later in the meeting when they awarded the almost $85,000 generator installation contract to Velocity.
When the high bids came in, a representative from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs suggested that the city submit a grant request, which has been done.
While much of the department's work will center on drainage and curb and gutters, some of the work has already focused on beautification.
“We added flagstone steps and flower beds at the community garden,” Delaney said. “The iron fencing around two graves at the cemetery looks better than it's been in 50 years and restoring the fencing is cheaper than replacing it and the new trees at Wallace Park look like they're going to survive.”
Delaney added that his department has been seeing more snow than it has in a while, by the end of summer there will likely be water restrictions in the city.
“Unless the weather cycles change … it behooves our residents to be conservators of our most precious resource,” he said.
Finally, the council gave to go-ahead to hire Deb Petty from the Teller County offices as the one-day election judge at $200 and hired two additional election judges at $100 each. The election takes place on April 2 but results will not be in by press time. The election will determine if the city must repeal its building codes. If the repeal happens, the city could be left without any building codes until new ones can be approved by council. City Administrator Debra Downs, whose contract with the city was renewed for another year, has been working on new building since before the election was called by citizen petition.