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  1. 12/11/2015 DISTRICT CAPITAL MASTER PLAN FOR 2016-2025

    The Platte Canyon Board of Directors recently approved a Capital Master Plan for 2016 - 2025. The purpose of the master plan is to itemize, prioritize and schedule water and wastewater infrastructure expansion, rehabilitation and replacement projects as well as vehicle purchases to enhance the accuracy of budgeting and cash flow analysis. As the District’s facilities age and approach the end of their useful life, the capital plan enables the District to be proactive in confronting water and sewer system modifications and rehabilitation.

    The 2016 - 2025 capital plan proposes expenditure of $1,251,326 in 2016 and $5,148,712 during the 10-year planning horizon. This compares with projected expenditures in last year’s master plan totaling $5,604,884.

    Expenditures called for in the 2016 plan will result in a reserve fund balance of $9,466,403 at the end of 2016. This amount has been determined by the Board of Directors to provide adequate reserves to meet expenditures proposed during the next 10 years without a reduction in services or an increase in tax revenues, tap fees or annexation fees.

    Two water projects are scheduled for design and construction in 2016. Following an engineering needs assessment of the Columbine West Pump Station conducted in 2015, Dewberry Engineers has been retained to prepare plans and specifications for a major rehabilitation of the pump station in 2016. The 43-year old pump station provides peak water flow and fire flow capability to 330 homes in the Columbine West Subdivision located generally between South Pierce Street, West Coal Mine Avenue, South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Ken Caryl Avenue. Numerous small leaks have occurred on the steel piping within the pump station, and the pumps and motors have not been replaced or had major work since they were installed in 1972. In addition, the pumps and motors have not been operating at their design efficiency and use much more electricity than newer, more energy-efficient equipment. Based on the engineering evaluation of the pump station, it is proposed that all suction and control components also be replaced. The estimated cost of the project is $709,044; $441,000 for construction, $109,410 for design engineering, $66,150 for project management and construction inspection and $92,484 for contingencies.


    A second water project for 2016 proposes replacement of 1,083 feet of 6-inch cast-iron pipe in West Portland Drive between West Ottawa Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard in the Normandy Estates Subdivision with 1,083 feet of 6-inch poly-vinyl pipe. The existing pipe has experienced three breaks caused by external corrosion. The estimated cost of the project is $223,434.


    Also proposed for construction in 2016 is the third phase of the rehabilitation of the District’s small diameter concrete sewer pipes. This project consists of cured-in-place lining of 3234 feet of 8-inch pipe in West Rowland Avenue, West Plymouth Drive and West Quarles Drive in the Normandy Estates Subdivision. Fifty-six service connections will be reestablished and 64 manholes will be spray-lined as part of the project. The estimated cost of the project including design engineering and contingencies is $213,848.


    The capital plan for 2016 also reserves $25,000 for cured-in-place lining of unspecified segments of sewer pipe. These funds will only be spent in the event that routine video inspections reveal a need to perform immediate repairs of existing sewer mains.

    Vehicle replacement costs for the period between 2016 and 2025 are projected to be $1,275,000, $285,000 less than the amount proposed in last year’s vehicle replacement schedule. Two mobile units are scheduled to be replaced in 2016; one pick-up truck and a combination valve operator and vacuum trailer. The two units are projected to cost $80,000.

    Total capital expenses during the 10-year planning period are projected to be $5,604,884. Cash financing is anticipated for all capital projects and no increases in property tax rates, tap fees or service charges are proposed during the 10-year period.

    The entire Capital Master Plan for 2016 - 2025 is available for download or review by clicking here.