Quick update

Last Thursday night, the Durango City Council adopted a new ordinance in response to a citizen-led petition that now requires a more robust public process, including hearings, for any proposed police or fire station within city limits.

This petition was in response to Durango Fire Protection District’s ongoing plan to relocate its downtown station to the old 9-R Administration Building at 201 E. 12th St. Many residents who oppose the project say the process has not been transparent.

The petition received enough signatures, forcing city councilors to decide whether to adopt the petition as written or instead hold a special election, likely in August. The Durango City Council approved the ordinance on a 4-1 vote.

It remains unclear where DFPD is with its relocation plan. Recently, the Durango City Council passed a directive to explore what it would take for DFPD to stay and upgrade its current location at River City Hall near the Powerhouse Science Center.

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