Stimulating the Grand Valley

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Local politicians are still figuring out whether the $700 billion reinvestment plan is worth the money.
Meanwhile, the city planners are working on their own.
The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act hopes to create more jobs and invest in education.
City Planning Director Tim Moore says Grand Junction is looking to give Grand Hunction a kick start.
The city plans to do its own stimulus plan of sorts, starting this summer.
Moore says, "We can put seven million dollar out on the street and break it up into two or three projects."
The city's water and sewer fund has collected $7 million in a savings account scheduled to be used for repairs.
Instead, they plan on pushing up those construction projects with that money.
Most of it includes new sewer and water pipes, but the two to three new projects will each be bid on separately.
There is also talk about using only local construction companies to do the work.
If everything goes smoothly, Moore calls this plan a win–win and residents shouldn't worry about their sewer or water costs getting any higher.

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