City Currents - December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Please note the following City closings for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day:

  • Administrative offices and the Durango Public Library will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Durango Transit also will not operate on these days. 
  • The Recreation Center and Chapman Ice Rink and Ski Hill will have special hours Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • There will be no trash or recycling service on Dec. 25 and Jan.1. See the City's full Christmas Holiday Schedule and New Year's Schedule
SRWRF Ribbon Cutting

Celebrating the Completion of SRWRF

An opening in the clouds was enjoyed during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility on Dec. 4, marking the completion of Durango’s new treatment facilities. More than 50 people attended with representatives from various City departments, local nonprofit agencies, project partners, and curious citizens.The project was both on time and within the original budget thanks in large part to the efforts of Project Manager Gregg Boysen and the staff at the Treatment Facility who worked throughout construction maintaining operations.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The City Parks and Recreation Department is offering free Christmas tree recycling now through Jan. 31 at Santa Rita Park, 149 S. Camino del Rio. Please note that there is no curbside pick-up of Christmas trees. Drop-off natural trees free of ornaments and tinsel at the drop-off site near the large playground. The trees will be recycled into mulch, which will be available to residents spring of 2020.


Police Services Technicians

Meet our Police Services Technicians

Police Services Technicians respond to routine calls, such as vandalism, theft or found property. This allows certified police officers to focus more on crimes involving suspects. Watch our DGOV video about how they are helping keep our community safe. 


DRO Cost Calculator

Flying DRO Pays Off

Durango-La Plata County Airport's new Cost Comparison tool can help local travelers see the value in starting trips at DRO. Air travel expense is about more than airfare. Driving to another airport involves time, fuel, safety risks - especially in the winter - and parking fees. Add it all up and flying local makes sense! 


Council Connection

Catch Up on Council Connection

The Dec. 17 City Council meeting included a Proclamation supporting the Southwest Health Alliance in it's efforts to provide low-cost health insurance to the community. Interim City Manager Amber Blake also announced she will begin searching for an interim, if not permanent, Finance Director. The search for a new City Manager likely will begin in early 2020. Watch the Dec. 17, 2019 episode of Council Connection for more highlights.

The next regular City Council meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 7. Watch the meeting on cable channels 191/981 or over-the-air on 10.1, or stream at or on Facebook.


Transit - Opportunity Bus Highlight

Get Around Durango!  

The City is happy to offer Opportunity/Paratransit Bus service to help ensure everyone in our community can get where they need to go.This month, opportunity Bus riders Don and Carla rode the bus to their marriage nuptials!

Durango Transit ridership is up. By the end of November, there were more than 390,000 rider trips for 2019, surpassing ridership for all of the previous year. This is due to several factors, including an enhanced partnership with Fort Lewis College resulting in more riders on the FLC route, and a robust winter and summer tourist season compared to 2018. Seven-day per week service, added in May 2018, also has helped boost rider trips. Transit also now operates on federal holidays that fall on Mondays including Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day.

Ride the Skier Shuttle! Durango Transit has again partnered with Purgatory Resort to offer trips to and from the ski area. The shuttle departs the Transit Center 8:30 a.m. weekends and select holidays.


Boards and Commissions

Volunteer on a Board or Commision

The Durango City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on various Boards and Commissions. Boards and Commissions provide a foundation for public input and are a great way for citizens to get involved with their community. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 30. See more details and apply.


Civility First Durango

Thank You for Taking the Pledge

More than 150 businesses, organizations and individuals have signed the Civility First Pledge, committing to modeling civil behavior and respect for everyone in our City. The City's Community Relations Commission (CRC) launched the pledge program earlier this year as part of it's mission to encourage social harmony among residents and visitors through education and conflict resolution. The Durango Herald recently published a letter from the CRC thanking those who support diversity and inclusion by signing the pledge. Learn more or take the pledge


416 Fire Hero Awards

416 Fire Hero Awards

On Nov. 20, Mayor Youssef presented Rob Powell, the 416 Fire Operations Section Chief, with a key to the City during a Community Hero awards ceremony hosted by the Mountain Studies Institute. 

City of Durango staff also were recognized for their service during the 416 Fire and recovery: Code Compliance Officer Steve Barkley, Police Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Bartley, Police Chief Bob Brammer, Public Information Specialist Mitchell Carter, Emergency Manager Terry Hoecker, Operations Director Levi Lloyd and Broadcast Specialist Victor Locke.



Parking, Snow Routes & Sidewalks

Reminder: There is no on-street parking allowed in the Central Business District 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Vehicles parked on the street between those hours are subject to tow at the owner's expense. Overnight parking is available in municipal parking lots along 2nd Avenue and at the Transit Center. 

When snowfall is heavy, the City may enact Snow Routes. These routes are high priority for plowing. Vehicles may be towed if they are not moved when Snow Routes are enacted. Don't park on a Snow Route if it snows more than two inches, and find off street parking if you are leaving for an extended period of time.  

Also, owners/occupants of residential or commercial properties adjoining a public sidewalk are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk. It is against City code to move snow or ice onto City streets, unless it is being removed from the public sidewalk.


Census 2020 Jobs

Census Jobs Available

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Jobs offer flexible hours, competitive pay and weekly paychecks, as well as paid training. Bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. Help make sure everyone in our community is counted. Get more information or apply online.  


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