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Public forum to consider 2010 road program

Members of the Archuleta County Roads Task Force will recommend six roads for repaving in 2010, and they will unveil the list during a public forum tonight in the County Extension Building at the fairgrounds.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The agenda for the forum will include general information concerning the present state of the Archuleta County road system, in addition to a presentation of key projects recommended for the 2010 construction season.

According to county staff, there is roughly $4 million available for road projects in 2010.

Although all the projects on the six-project list are currently paving projects, there has been preliminary discussion on allocating a portion of the $4 million for gravel operations.

The task force will likely encourage comment on the proposition of allocating dollars toward gravel and the six-project list in general. Then, and following the public forum, the task force will take their recommendations to the board of county commissioners for adoption at a later date.

In short, no final decisions will be made during the public forum.

The board of county commissioners created the Roads Advisory Task Force July 1, 2009 and charged them with two key tasks: First, to work with county administrative staff and the public works department to develop a road capital improvement project list for 2010. Second, the task force will assist in developing a long-term road capital improvement and road maintenance plan. Tonight’s forum is the outgrowth of those two charges coupled with weekly task force meetings since July.