October 7, 2015--Sewer plant will stay at Santa Rita Park (Durango Herald)

After months of contentious meetings, the Durango City Council Tuesday decided to remodel the sewer plant in Santa Rita Park. Councilors unanimously approved, minutes before midnight, a resolution outlining the intent to remodel the sewer plant for about $58 million, after hearing passionate opposition to an alternate site downstream near Animas Surgical Hospital. The decision comes a week before residents will receive ballots with a sewer plant question. The question will ask them to allow the city to spend $68 million on the plant and other sewer-system upgrades. Mayor Dean Brookie and Councilor Christina Rinderle had been advocates of moving before it became apparent it would require about $20 million more than a remodel, significantly more time and difficultly acquiring sites. After months of investigation and reviewing studies, the two were joined by their peers in voicing their support for the remodel. “I’m kind of refocusing on what we can do to make the best situation of our current location,” said the mayor. The council had been waiting for additional information on sewer site alternatives that were analyzed in a report by a city consultant. To view the full article and report visit the Durango Herald.