The next big thing
Grand Junction voters are a curious lot. They voted 3-1 to take on record long-term debt to build the Riverside Parkway, but groused about the public safety complex and The Avalon Theatre renovation.
For the Grand Junction City Council, there’s a lesson in there somewhere as it ponders its next big public works project. After a retreat Friday, city council members are considering two questions for April’s municipal-election ballot: Should excess TABOR funds be used to complete a western beltway off the Riverside Parkway? And should the city be allowed to take on more debt for related transportation projects?
Council members have different opinions about both. We like Councilman Bennett Boeschenstein’s idea to make a community recreation center a priority over road improvements, but history suggests that would be an extremely tough sell.
If the public sentiment points toward support for a western beltway, at least there’s the promise of economic development associated with it.