Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — Athletic complex and vo ag project bonds are set for sale today, bringing the two-year vision one step closer to reality.
On Monday night, the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) passed a resolution during its regular meeting authorizing the execution and delivery of general obligation bonds and refunding bonds.
The bonds are scheduled to garner $5.6 million based on the current market, said RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. economist Rudy Andras, who is assisting the Alamosa School District (ASD). They should generate a 4 percent premium.
“We fully expect this,” Andras said. “It’s worked out the way we said it would. In fact, it has gotten better... Interest rates have fallen so far.”
In December 2012, the ABOE approved the required documents to start collecting the 14.8 mills, $1,798,549, needed for the 2013-2014-debt service, from Alamosa and Conejos County school district property owners. These mills are in addition to the Colorado School Finance Act’s required general fund mill levy: 27.2 mills, $3,316,760, consisting of a standard levy of 27 mills and 2.2 mills against the valuation of assessment of all taxable property located within the school district’s boundaries. The 2.2 mills represent the prior year abatement: $25,625, Alamosa County, and $202, Conejos County, according to school district budget documents.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the ASD and G.E. Johnson, the project’s construction company, held a subcontractor/supplier open house in the Alamosa High School (AHS) gym to present opportunities to local businesses. ASD Superintendent Rob Alejo said about 24 people attended.
“There was good representation,” Alejo said. “There were a lot of Valley suppliers in the room.”
ABOE official Arlan VanRy added, “There are plenty of opportunities for local contractors to bid.”
Before any job begins, however, the Alamosa City Council must approve the construction plans. If there is no opposition, some permits should be in hand on April 8 with site activity beginning immediately, according to G.E. Johnson reports. Full-blown construction is anticipated to hit the AHS campus shortly after April 17 when both state and city permits should be in place.
In April, planned construction work includes sod stripping; field and track earthwork; track concrete work; playing surface grading; building foundations; and masonry and street work, according to G.E. Johnson reports. The company will fence off the area to keep people, especially students, off of the property and implement an erosion control system and runoff protection.
Based on the G. E. Johnson project design overview, the $3.6 million athletic complex will sit just north of AHS, and the vo/ag building to the southwest across Carroll Street.
The athletic complex will include pole vaulting, long jump, 100-meter dash and discus space in addition to the synthetic track and football field, team buildings, 2,000 person capacity shaded grandstand and concession stands.
The much simpler 100 by 60 foot vo ag building will be a pre-engineered structural building encompassing a classroom, shop, greenhouse and various other activity areas, he said.
Since the AHS campus is expanding across the road, Carroll Street will be paved, curbed, guttered and a new bus lane to the high school will increase safe traveling and building entry for students. Two three-way stops will also appear on Carroll Street, which will mitigate the current “bottleneck” effect that some might not consider ideal for high school drivers.