Among the 2014 flood-related budget needs and proposals presented to the Boulder County Commissioners on Thursday:
$3 million to replace the East County Line Road bridge over St. Vrain River
$2 million to $4 million to replace the unincorporated Boulder County Longmont-area Sunset Street bridge over the St. Vrain River and stretches of Sunset leading to that bridge
$3 million to build at least a temporary winter road, reconstruct a bridge and restore access to the flooded-out Boulder County Road 80 and Longmont Dam Road
$1 million toward repairs to trails and other facilities at various parks and open space areas
$3 million toward restoring the St. Vrain River to its original channels where it passes through or alongside county-owned lands
$3 million toward repairing the agricultural irrigation infrastructure on county lands
$15 million to repair 14 damaged reservoirs, several of which were breached by the flooding.
$2 million to reconstruct the 61st Street/63rd Street bridge over the St. Vrain River
$1 million to reconstruct roads in the Raymond-Riverside area
$500,000 to reconstruct the 95th Street bridge over Boulder Creek
$500,000 to reconstruct the 109th Street bridge over Boulder Creek
$500,000 to reconstruct roads in the Pike Brook Hills/Blue Mountain area
$1 million to reconstruct Dillon Road at U.S. Highway 287
$1 million for a North 83rd Street bridge over Little Thompson Creek
$90,000 to repair parking lots, sidewalks, paths and walkways at several county buildings affected by the flood
$100,000 to make ditch improvements and install a new 12-inch drain line along the west side of the garden outside the Natural Resources Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds
$563,000 to replace all the roofing on the west side of the Justice Center in Boulder
$350,000 to make various repairs of extensive flood damages at the county's Alaska Avenue facilities in Longmont, an area which includes the Longs Peak Energy Conservation officers
If you go
Boulder County commissioners' next set of budget hearings, a review of non-flood-related spending that departments have requested from next year's budget, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29.
When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: The commissioners' third-floor hearing room in the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder
BOULDER -- Boulder County government department heads aren't seeking to cover the full cost of repairing flood-related damages to county properties in next year's budget, according to presentations to the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday.
The county Transportation Department, for example, has estimated it will cost $100 million to repair or replace the roads, bridges, culverts and other transportation structures damaged.
Transportation director George Gerstle told commissioners, however, that he's requesting only $24 million to $26 million from Boulder County's 2014 budget to pay for some of his department's flood-related spending needs.
The county Parks and Open Space Department has estimated that flood damage to the reservoirs, irrigation systems, stream channels, trails, buildings, roads, parking lots and other facilities on county-owned open space lands total more than $52 million, department director Ron Stewart told the board.
Stewart's department is only proposing earmarking $22.2 million toward those repairs from next year's budget.
Gerstle's and Stewart's presentations were among several that Commissioners Cindy Domenico, Elise Jones and Deb Gardner heard Thursday as they devoted much of the day to reviewing proposals for flood-impacts spending in 2014.
Boulder County officials hope federal and state money will be available to reimburse the county for of the cost of repairing or replacing the infrastructure, but the county first will have to tap reserves and other available budget accounts to start spending its own funds on such projects.
Until the county gets those federal and state payments, "it's a huge cash flow problem," said budget director Margaret Parish.
Commissioners also heard proposals to add the equivalent of as many as 30 employees to the county staff, with many of those positions intended to help Boulder County families and property owners who were flood victims.
Boulder County Public Health, for example, is seeking additional staffers to work with property owners to ensure the safety of their wells and septic systems before they return to or rebuild their homes. The Land Use Department is proposing adding personnel to review homeowners' redevelopment proposals to ensure the new or renovated residences are in safe locations or that potential hazards can be mitigated.
No one from the general public spoke at Thursday's hearings.
The commissioners and several of the department heads cautioned that recovery from the September flooding catastrophe will be a process that's likely to take years, and will have annual budget impacts until it's completed.
Jones said that in such flood-stricken communities as Lyons and Jamestown, "the new normal has yet to feel normal."
County government will have an important role in Boulder County residents' own flood recovery, Jones said: "We are all in it together, and we're there to support each other."
Gardner said that whatever money can be found to include in the 2014 county budget, "the one thing we know is, it's not enough."
Gardner said that for Boulder County's communities, its families and its county government, "this will be long, it will be hard, it will be expensive. But we will end up in a better place than we were before."
John Fryar can be reached at 303-684-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.