I had the pleasure last weekend to talk with the County's "interim" Road and Bridge Director, Chris Tanner.Tanner was spending his Saturday in the office, catching up on his various duties , he is presently serving in three administrative capacities at the County: as Road and Bridge Director, Public Works Director and Solid Waste Director.Tanner
obviously likes to keep busy.
delineated the County's
upcoming projects, I was reminded that Archuleta County extends far beyond the central commercial and residential core of Pagosa Springs; four of the seven major projects Tanner
mentioned would be occurring in outlying areas not often visited by most county residents , namely Cat Creek, Juanita and Arboles.
noted that the east Cat Creek intersection has experienced more than its share of fatal accidents, and will be permanently closed off as part of this project.For 2008, only the design work is scheduled.
"There are a lot of players involved, so it's a slow process," Tanner
Assuming that the majority of the sales tax is collected over the summer and fall months , rather than during the notoriously slow spring season , Tanner
and I estimated that, even with the loans from the RCI Fund
to the Airport and other funds, the County
may indeed still have about $1.6 million available to spend this year.
So in theory, Tanner
has about $2.9 million to spend this year, between the RCI Fund
and about $1.3 million in matching grants.
Unfortunately, that will not quite cover the eight projects Tanner
mentioned, even when the matching grants are included.
will be presenting some options at today's BoCC meeting.