Councilman Cecil Gutierrez was joined by his colleague Kent Solt in trying to generate substantive discussion by Loveland's City Council over the final passage of a $4.5 million Annexation agreement where the city is paying property owners to annex into Loveland. (see story on LovelandPolitics.com
Councilman Walt Skowron, who voted against the proposed pre-annexation agreement on the first reading changed his vote May 6, and instead supported the agreement on final passage. Conversely, Solt reversed his original support for the annexation and voted no on the second reading of the ordinances enacting the agreement.
At issue is the high cost of the annexation and lack of planning for traffic mitigation along the 402 corridor which will now require widening if the area is to host new retail in the area along the I-25. Mayor Pielin argued that the state or other future taxes like an RTA will probably come along and solve the problem.
City staff contacted by LovelandPolitics confirmed the "uphill sewer" line required for the project has a cost that was grossly understated by the city manager. The agreement makes the city (instead of the property owner) pay the cost of installing a sewer to accommodate their new developments in the future. While the city estimate started at over $3 million it was later revised to somewhere around $2.4 million.
Councilman Kent Solt stated, "I think we are just paying too much for this." when explaining his opposition.