Louisville Mayor Bob Muckle speaks during the state of city address on Friday. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

As November approaches and his days on the City Council dwindle, Louisville Mayor Bob Muckle was able to give his last state of the city address Friday, to talk about the city’s ongoing and upcoming capital improvement projects.

Muckle has served the city as mayor for eight years, and is term-limited, unable to run again in November.

“This is a great gig, to be mayor of Louisville,” Muckle said. “It’s a little more bittersweet. It has been an honor and a joy to do this.”

During the hour-long meeting, Muckle talked about current capital improvements and projects as well as those coming up next year.

Capital Improvements and Projects

Howard Berry Water Treatment Plant improvements: The final components to the improvements were made this year. Improvements include replacement of filter media, chlorine disinfection generation and sedimentation equipment. The office and lab spaces were also upgraded.

Sid Copeland Water Treatment Plant Tube Settler Replacement: This project replaced decaying tube settlers with more efficient stainless steel plate settlers. The cost of the project is $612,000.

“We’re just making these plans, modernizing them and making them continue to be reliable,” said Director of Public Works Kurt Kowar. “We just had a lot of things that are getting old.”

Pavement management: The city has been spending $4-$5 million annually to work on asphalt resurfacing, reconstruction and concrete replacement.

“We’re in a five-year kind of process of touching practically every street in town,” Muckle said.  “(We’re) repaving, repairs and crack ceiling. We’ve rebuilt several streets in Old Town and have several more to go.” He added it’s more cost effective to do the work now than to have to rebuild streets later on.

Transportation master plan: The plan was approved by city council on Oct. 1 and promotes “great streets” for all ages and abilities. It includes programs, policies and projects to guide future investments as well as a 20-year vision and short-term priority projects.

Muckle said the document was a great document to have in the city.

“The important thing is that it will drive our planning or long-term planning for capital projects,” Muckle said. “In the future we’ll refer to this plan while we’re rebuilding a road and figure out if we are doing all the plan proposes,” Muckle said.

2020 Capital Improvements

Highway 42 underpass: The city is working to create a pedestrian underpass between Hecla Drive and Summit View Drive under Colo. 42. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2020.

“This is my favorite ongoing project,” Muckle said. “This is a major connection on the Lake to Lake Trail.”

The path, when completed, will connect pedestrians from Waneka Lake in Lafayette to Harper Lake in Louisville.

“It’s going to be great,” Muckle said. “It’s going to be a really significant improvement in the trail system to be able to have a route through those parts of town and then not have to figure out how to cross 95th Street.”

Playground Replacement: The city is currently replacing its playgrounds to create ones that meet ADA requirements and safety measures. Muckle said the city is currently updating the structures in Elephant Park and Keith Helart Park. Construction for Elephant could begin at the end of the year with Keith Helart following.

The last council meeting for Muckle is scheduled for Nov. 4.



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