The Durango City Council took steps Tuesday night to consider placing two issues on the ballot for the April 3 election.
The city of Durango and La Plata Electric Association have reached a franchise agreement to give the electrical cooperative exclusive rights to provide power to Durango for 20 years.
It was a long process, but the outcome is going to be so positive for Durango, said City Councilor Sweetie Marbury. In 20 years, I hope to vote on the next agreement.
The council will vote Feb. 7 on an ordinance that would put the issue to voters.
Another likely ballot issue will be an exchange between the city and Durango School District 9-R of Fanto Park for Buckley Park.
The city would give up Fanto Park, next to Park Elementary School, in exchange for the district giving up Buckley Park at Main Avenue and 12th Street. Councilors said the deal makes sense because of the parks locations.
Laine Gibson, chief financial officer for the school district, said the exchange would give the elementary school the authority to shut down the park during school hours to protect the students.
There would not be a fiscal impact if the exchange occurred.
The school district plans to discuss the exchange at its Jan. 17 board meeting.
In other action, the council scheduled a public hearing to consider an appeal of the 960 East housing complex after the Durango Planning Commission denied the project. The complex would be built on the old Boker Lumber and Hardware site at 960 E. College Drive.
The controversial 66-unit housing complex proposal was denied 3-2 by the commission at its Dec. 12 meeting after five hours of presentations and public comment.
Three commissioners voted to recommend denial of the proposal to the City Council, while commissioners Jan Derck and Steve Eccher voted to continue consideration so the developers could address issues raised by city staff members, neighbors and commission.
City staff recommended the Planning Commission deny the plan because it didnt meet several development standards, and staff members said the primary access point is a safety hazard to drivers.
A public hearing to consider the appeal was scheduled for Jan. 17.
Also, the council will have a study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday in to discuss funding options for the construction of Wilson Gulch Road. The road would connect with U.S. Highway 160 and provide access to Three Springs and Mercy Regional Medical Center in Grandview.