In the last election some of you might remember a vote to levy money for the expansion and rebuilding of Florida Road.
Included in this expansion is room for bike lanes and walking routes, giving the residents of the area an alternative means to access downtown and its businesses.
The stop light at the intersection of Florida Road and County Road 250 has been installed.
As I understand it, the expansion is needed because the population along this road has been swelling and the traffic was becoming dense, leading to longer commute times and a more dangerous route for walkers and bikers.
Part of this expansion plan may now involve placing a roundabout at the intersection of North College and Florida Road.
At first this roundabout may sound like a good idea, but there will be consequences resulting from this construction.
The locally owned restaurant, JBos, will have to close its doors. Because the levy for the road improvement passed, the city recognizes the fact that there is a population along this road that needs to be serviced.
JBos is a business that services this continually growing population along Florida Road.
Yet, the city will deem it acceptable to close the doors of this establishment at a greater cost to the taxpayers. True, construction and material costs are similar between a stoplight and a roundabout, but the roundabout will include periphery costs not included in the actual construction.
The taxpayers will have to buy the business from the owner of JBos and buy the land from the owner of the building and the city will lose the income from the sales tax paid by the restaurant. So yes, while the construction costs are the same, the actual costs are not.
Now that I have stated the fiscal consequences of this action, I would also like to appeal to your sense of community.
This business is locally owned and operated, and provides jobs to a number of local residents. Let’s keep this establishment in business by making sure that roundabout is not built.
Phillip DeBoalt, Durango