Some important city projects done, while others take a little more time
Thursday, October 03, 2013 5:00 PM
WINNEMUCCA - It is my six-year anniversary of "Sticky Notes" - although I repeat many things (as government never seems to just act and complete quickly).
I hope that you have gained an insight on the projects that "you" as a taxpayer have been paying the bill. I know that the City Council and the city employees are very cognizant that this is not our money and must be spent to make our city a valued asset for its residents.
The city is a great network of unique people working to better our community. It has been very rewarding to see the work in progress and occasionally the conclusion of the projects that have been in the making for a number of years.
So a year ago, we were still working on the intersection of Bridge and Haskell streets. We have been aggressively working on this for over five years. This intersection is controlled by the state. The city is not willing to take over the street until we know what it will cost us to operate the street.
We are currently waiting on a report from the railroad that will give us an idea as to the type of connection needed to connect a traffic signal with the railroad and also the cost of that connection.
I would hope that before the end of the year, the Council will be able to make a determination on whether the city can afford Haskell Street. This is truly an example of progress in "slow motion."
Our other road improvements - Water Canyon Road and Great Basin Drive - are our successes. Great Basin Drive is completed and in use. It's a new route to Lowry High School and the surrounding residential area. Water Canyon Road should have its facelift completed maybe this month. They are currently putting in the utilities and completing the grading. The next step will be paving.
Although this street will not be completely finished (when the adjacent property is developed, the developer for that property will complete the curbs, gutters, sidewalks and their portion of the road) the majority of the road will be completed.
Another project that was talked about a year ago was the need for a new fire station. The new fire station is now a reality. The building has been designed and, although I had to submit this column prior to knowing the outcome, the bids were opened on Tuesday (Oct. 1) and were to be awarded at a special Council meeting yesterday (Oct. 3).
So I can't tell you the results but it is a project that can be stamped as "completed." It is also a project that positions our fire department for the future. It accommodates the current needs and has the ability to expand if needed in the future.
A year ago we began discussions on improving our sewage treatment plant. We are now in the process of going forward with our plans that will use irrigation pivots to dispose of the effluent water and an upgrading of the treatment plant's head-works and pumps.
This last month Steve West and myself met with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to discuss the improvement and how best to begin the process. It was important to have their input and buy-in before we get too far into the project. This is a major step in planning for the growth of Winnemucca as well as satisfying the NDEP.
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The WDVS will be starting their activities with a Wine and Dine Vigil tonight (Friday, Oct. 4). Supporting this event is a great way to send a message that domestic violence is unacceptable in our community. The funds raised this month will be used to enhance the education and support of local victims and their families.
On another note, Halloween is "creeping" up. It will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We do want everyone to be safe and enjoy the evening. It is a school night - be prepared for an early rush of ghost and goblins.
I would like to conclude by reiterating that communication is the key to success. I would like to keep you apprised of projects, issues, and general information regarding the city and my representation as your Mayor.
In return I ask for your input and communication. Please feel free to call (623-6341) or email me (email@example.com). I do try to respond to all questions and I am very interested in your comments and appreciate your participation.
Mayor Di An Putnam writes a monthly column for the Humboldt Sun.