September 25, 2016--City Council OKs purchase of new snow-storage site (Durango Herald)

The city may store its snow above the Durango Tech Center this winter instead of dumping it in Cundiff Park near the Animas River. The Durango City Council unanimously agreed late Tuesday to buy 3.35 acres of open space near the end of Tech Center Drive for about $374,000. This comes as a relief to Donna Nazario, property manager and resident at Rivergate Lofts, because the snow was dumped directly across the river from her home in the middle of the night. “The lights would go on, and then the tailgates would clang. ... It was pretty horrific,” she said. At least a third of the units in the 82-unit complex were affected by the activity, she said. She also was concerned because the icy mountain, black with grit from the roads, melted directly into the river. So she was grateful the city has an alternative plan for the snow. “We are thrilled,” she said. An acre of the land will be needed to store mountains of dirty snow scraped off city streets in winter. But part of the space could be developed with a trailhead because it is adjacent to city open space and trails, according to city documentation. City staff members will ensure steps are taken to direct runoff into stormwater infrastructure below the site, Community Development Director Kevin Hall said. “It will solve our snow-storage problem and take pressure off the Animas River,” Councilor Sweetie Marbury said. To view the full article visit the Durango Herald.