The following is a compiled City of Delta departments and news report presented by City Manager Elyse Casselberry in the meeting packet for the June 1 Delta City Council meeting.
GrantsIn the written city manager report, it was reported that a total of five grants were submitted.
Firstly, the CDOT CanDo Grant for Hillside Drive requests $2 million. If awarded this grant can help the City of Delta rebuild Hillside Drive (Fourth Street Hill), fix drainage problems and add pedestrian and bicycle improvements. The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million.
The second grant is another CDOT CanDo Grant is for “Main Street demonstration.” This grant requests $150,000 and could help the city install temporary improvements to Main Street to “test ideas for how to calm traffic before permanent improvements are made.”
The third grant — CDOT CanDo for Wayfinding/Off Main Parking — requests $100,000 for the purpose of helping the city restart a building façade program for Main Street businesses and improving alley entrances. Funds would be made available to downtown businesses through a grant program.
Finally, a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant for a Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) Plan update requests $25,000. If awarded, this grant would go toward updating the DURA Plan and “reevaluate priority projects for the authority.”
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides direct funding to local governments for COVID-19-related response and recovery, and the City of Delta “anticipates receiving about $2 million,” according to the manager report. About half is expected this year in the “near future” while the other half is expected next year.
“Staff is developing an updated 5 year CIP, which can be used as a tool to inform the decision process about how to utilize these funds,” the report said.
USDA Sewer LineThe City’s engineer of record, Mark Austin, began developing all required information to apply for a USDA grant or loan for the sewer line project behind the Maverik Gas Station. This project is estimated to cost about $3M, according to the report. Staff invested significant time gathering the final pieces of information for this application and have submitted it to USDA for review. “We will hopefully know soon if we will be offered any funding, and how much of that might be grant or loan,” the report said.
Library BuildingCity staff and the county have discussed possible locations for the Delta library if the county is to take over the current building. One of the options to explore is the old City Market building, which the school district has decided to sell.
Staff obtained a quote to do a space assessment from the consultant that did the Delta Police Department building study to evaluate if/how the library and DPD could be colocated to this building. The county has agreed to help cover the cost of this assessment. However, the library board is not sure if colocation is the best idea. Discussions continue.
Airport Water UpdateStaff has met with the county to develop an outline for a possible agreement. Staff has identified how water can be delivered to the airport without requiring overbuilding of infrastructure. This new plan will allegedly help solve water quality issues at the water tank as well. A draft outline and agreement is planned to be ready for discussion at the next joint Board of County Commissioners and Delta City Council meeting scheduled for June 14.
Fleet and FacilitiesStarting June 1, Double J Disposal took over the cardboard recycling program. The current drop off
New flooring is currently being installed by Guthrie flooring at the police station.
Police ReportIn terms of community policing, the Delta Police Department’s new community policing coordinator, Steve Dunivan, has been “busy planning community events with police department participation.” He has been starting new programs, collaborating with other groups and presenting with Police Chief Luke Fedler to organizations. Some of these presentations include the Business Builders Group, Rotary Club, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and the Delta Housing Authority.
DPD has had a hand in the K-9 Challenge, the Partners Mentoring Youth program and Outdoor Heritage Day. It plans to take part in the Stone Mountain Village Safety Day on June 26, the Neighborhood Block Party on July 6 and Deltarado Days on July 24.
Other program plans are in the works as well.
Another new DPD position is that of the full time traffic enforcement officer, which has been taken up by Officer Andy Braslin. In his four weeks in the position, Braslin has conducted 125 traffic contacts. He has also covered 14 traffic accidents within the City of Delta.
With the addition of a second DPD commander, Chief Fedler has joined several boards in order to better have a voice for the City of Delta. He’s now on the 7th Judicial District Community Corrections Board of Directors, the Delta County Pretrial Services Advisory Board, he’s been elected as the second vice president for the Western Colorado Peace Officer Association Board of Directors and he has become “much more involved” as the chair of the Advisory Board for the Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) Law Enforcement Academy.
RecreationAs of June 1, Bill Heddles Recreation Center has expanded its hours to 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and has lifted capacity and mask restrictions. Facility reservations have picked up as capacity restrictions have backed off.
The boilers for the boiler system overhaul for the pools are expected to arrive in four to six weeks.