Week de­lay for golf re­design

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jon Mur­ray

Two weeks be­fore a trial is set to be­gin in the le­gal chal­lenge of a re­design of City Park Golf Course, the Den­ver City Coun­cil on Mon­day squab­bled over whether to de­lay $51 mil­lion in con­tracts for the project.

Coun­cil­man Rafael Espinoza, an op­po­nent of a plan to in­stall a stormwa­ter de­ten­tion area on the course’s western third as part of the city’s con­tro­ver­sial Platte to Park Hill storm drainage plan, ex­er­cised the abil­ity for a sin­gle coun­cil mem­ber to trig­ger a one-time, one­week de­lay of a con­tract.

He first had sought a pause as long as three weeks by say­ing he aimed to gain more as­sur­ance in the main con­tract that no trees would be re­moved from the golf course un­til the trial and any ap­peals play out. But coun­cil mem­bers in­clud­ing Al­bus Brooks, Jolon Clark and Chris Hern­don warned against let­ting the fil­ers of law­suits dic­tate when city projects move for­ward.

Ul­ti­mately, Espinoza changed his mo­tion to a two-week de­lay for the golf course con­tracts, along with a $7.6 mil­lion con­tract for an­other drainage project. The coun­cil shot down his mo­tion 7-6 — mak­ing ap­proval for the con­tracts likely when they come up for votes again Aug. 14.

Also sup­port­ing Espinoza’s failed mo­tion for a twoweek de­lay were Kevin Flynn, Paul Kash­mann, Paul López, Wayne New and Deb­bie Ortega.

A four-day trial is set to be­gin Aug. 21 in Den­ver Dis­trict Court in a case brought by a group of Den­ver res­i­dents who con­tend that the City Park Golf Course drainage plan vi­o­lates the city char­ter and the zon­ing code.

Next week, the coun­cil will con­sider a $44.9 mil­lion, three-year con­tract with a team that in­cludes ar­chi­tect/de­signer iConGolf Stu­dio, Saun­ders Con­struc­tion and Aspen Corp.

A sep­a­rate, $6 mil­lion con­tract with Par­sons Trans­porta­tion Group cov­ers man­age­ment of that project and a re­lated set of drainage projects in Park Hill. The coun­cil also will con­sider a $7.6 mil­lion con­tract with Flat­iron Con­struc­tors for that Park Hill work, which in­cludes in­stalling sewer pipes along Dahlia Street north and south of In­ter­state 70.

“The plain­tiffs think it is put­ting the cart be­fore the horse to ap­prove the ex­pen­di­ture … be­fore there’s been a de­ter­mi­na­tion of whether the project can legally pro­ceed,” said at­tor­ney Aaron Gold­hamer, who filed the law­suit last year. “It’s un­clear if the city sim­ply doesn’t care to wait a few weeks for the court be­fore com­mit­ting pub­lic funds, or wants to wave around an ap­proved con­tract in the law­suit, or both.”

But city at­tor­neys told the coun­cil that they were con­fi­dent they would pre­vail in the trial.

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