What the Fact?!

Fact or Fiction?


In a growing community, information can travel fast – sometimes too fast to be accurate! Have you heard something that made you raise an eyebrow in disbelief? Have you been curious about a Longmont urban myth’s origins? Are you just doing your part to make sure information you pass along is true? Then What the Fact?! is your space to cut through the misconceptions and sort out the facts: what’s real, what’s rumor, and what’s really weird but nonetheless true. Stop on by and find out the latest. We’ll give it to you straight.

To view some questions and answers that were previously submitted to the City by email or through the "Johnnie St. Vrain" newspaper column, see the sidebar. The City has developed this new engagement site to give more transparency by making each question and answer submitted through this platform viewable to the community.



In a growing community, information can travel fast – sometimes too fast to be accurate! Have you heard something that made you raise an eyebrow in disbelief? Have you been curious about a Longmont urban myth’s origins? Are you just doing your part to make sure information you pass along is true? Then What the Fact?! is your space to cut through the misconceptions and sort out the facts: what’s real, what’s rumor, and what’s really weird but nonetheless true. Stop on by and find out the latest. We’ll give it to you straight.

To view some questions and answers that were previously submitted to the City by email or through the "Johnnie St. Vrain" newspaper column, see the sidebar. The City has developed this new engagement site to give more transparency by making each question and answer submitted through this platform viewable to the community.


Submit your question below. We'll review it and respond during normal business hours. Please note that it may take us a few days to track down answers for you!


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  • Are there any plans for providing a Library Annex to service the Northern Section of Longmont?

    stubblefieldr asked about 1 month ago

    A Library Annex question would be included in the bond election question, either as part of a pool and ice facility or connected to another City facility. Options are still under discussion at this time. As always, residents are invited to share their thoughts with Council during any Tuesday City Council session at the Longmont Civic Center!

  • If the Aquatics Center is approved what part of Longmont is it going to be located in? North or South?

    stubblefieldr asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your interest in a potential aquatics center! A site won't be selected before the 2019 election. If voters approve the construction of the facility, four possible locations would be considered:

    • Montgomery Farms at Highway 66 and County Road
    • Clark Centennial Park
    • Quail Campus, near the Recreation Center
    • Dry Creek Park at Clover Basin and Grandview Meadows Dr.
  • what is the construction at 1405 hover ?

    begalle asked 2 months ago

    Hi there,

    I've tried to track down this information, but we don't show any active construction projects at that address. Could you provide additional information so we can dig deeper on this one?

    Thanks so much!

  • People chose to buy houses by Longmont's railroad tracks. They're now - SHOCKED - that railroad trains are going on those tracks by their houses and they are making noise. After the warning bells at certain street intersections are silenced, will the complaints stop? How many people are complaining? What happens when someone is hurt or killed at a newly silent intersection - will relatives sue the railroad or will they sue the City of Longmont for removing the warning bells?

    Bob Askey asked 2 months ago

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you for your interest in railroad "Quiet Zones." We welcome your suggestions and feedback. 

    The implementation of “Quiet Zone” improvements at streets which cross railroad track facilities is intended to provide adequate safety improvements so that the train engineers will not need to sound the rather loud horns. The sounding of the horn is required by Federal Railroad Administration rules and has been in place since 2005. The proposed improvements for “Quiet Zones” normally include a series of gates, flashing lights and warning bells which warn crossing motorists and pedestrians of the oncoming train.

  • How many people are employed by the City of Longmont? How many dollars a year is their payroll?

    Bob Askey asked 2 months ago

    We currently have 928 regular benefited employees in the City. Total annual pay, based on base pay information only is $69,371,163.



  • How many people work for City of Longmont Recreation Department? What is their annual payroll?

    Bob Askey asked 2 months ago

    We currently have 39 regular benefited Recreation employees. Total annual pay, based on base pay information only is $2,107,764.


  • What is happening with Union Reservoir redevelopment? What is the timeline? Have those bordering the reservoir agreed to allow the redevelopment on their properties? The information about this project on the City's website is out of date (or if it's not, the "summer 2019" benchmarks seem very unrealistic). It would be great if this became a more user-friendly waterfront for a variety of activities (trails, beach, sculling/sailing/SUPing).

    K asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your questions and feedback! Design and construction of the Union Reservoir Trail is partially funded in the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Design will begin later this year. Construction of the west section of trail is funded in 2020 and construction of the north and east sections of trail are funded in 2021. The southern section of trail is currently unfunded. The master planned improvements are currently unfunded, however, the City will continue to discuss how implementation of these improvements fit within the City’s priorities. The Union Reservoir Trail and master planned improvements will all be on City-owned and Union Reservoir Company-owned lands. More info on these plans and progress is available here.






  • What's with crews (City or Boulder Creek development crews) digging up the intersection of Hover and 9th Ave every 2 weeks or so, blocking traffic, turns, etc for 12-24 hours at a time? You'd think they would have an algorithm in their construction plan that could install all the necessary connections at once instead of constantly digging and wiring, digging and wiring-- can you explain?

    Porterhouse asked 2 months ago

    The work taking place at 9th & Hover is concrete panel replacement. This is the last part of  a new Xcel gas main that was installed by directional bore methods last year along Hover and 9th Ave.

    The installation (directional bore) required extensive subsurface utility investigation that left multiple potholes in the concrete street panels. The potholes, along with sizeable bore pits, left the concrete roadway cut up and in very bad shape that ultimately required complete panel replacement. The panel replacements have been taking place the last few weekends to accommodate heavy weekday traffic at this location. There is just one more panel to be completed this coming Saturday 5/11/19, so thanks for your patience!






  • I keep hearing about Longmont ice rink and pool feasibility studies, but am having a hard time finding relevant information. I know many people who travel to neighboring towns for access to activities related to these, but nobody seems to know more than that studies have maybe been carried out? Is there anywhere that has anticipated cost of building as well as running and maintaining a facility housing both an ice rink and a pool in Longmont (along with comparisons of costs of running and maintaining/repairing our current seasonal rink and Centennial Pool)? What were the locations identified as possibly suitable to such a facility? What level of interest is there among our population for these? Thanks!

    Erik asked 3 months ago

    Hi Erik – great question!  A few years ago, Council asked City staff to do a feasibility study to determine if a competitive pool and ice rink would be financially viable in Longmont (it would cost about $45 million, including operating costs). About the same time, the City completed a recreation master plan, which called for a new rec center as growth continued in our community (each rec center costs about $35 million, including operating costs). Either option would require a tax increase and increased bonding authority, which by law must be approved by voters. I don’t believe that there has been a location chosen, and the decision is independent of getting Centennial pool back up and running. As far as what is the level of interest among our population, Council asked staff to run a poll of electors to determine that answer. The poll ran last week, and asked about whether people would vote for: 1) a competitive pool and ice rink, or 2) two aquatics centers, one competitive and one leisure, or 3) two full recreation centers and finally 4) a library annex attached to any of the above facilities.  Council will receive the results of the poll at their May 7 meeting. I hope that helps!






  • Do you have an estimated time when the S Pratt Parkway bridge project will be completed? It has been going on for quite a while now. thanks!

    lselby asked 3 months ago

    The South Pratt Parkway Bridge replacement project is a near perfect example of how important timing is on a capital project—and how nature can throw that careful planning right out the window. When construction on the bridge replacement began in January 2018, the new bridge was anticipated to be completed by September of that same year. Heavy storms in May 2018 caused significant work delays. These delays pushed the project into winter months, which further delayed temperature sensitive items such as colored concrete pouring, architectural finishes and asphalt paving.

    The good news is that this project is in the home stretch. Crews will begin final road work on South Pratt Parkway Bridge the week of April 29. Installing waterproofing materials, smoothing the transitions between old asphalt and new concrete, and then applying a final asphalt layer over the roadway are all expected to take place that week.

    After that week or so of paving, all lanes will be fully open to traffic, and dedicated sidewalks and bicycle lanes on each side of the bridge will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists.

    More information about the South Pratt Bridge replacement project, including photos taken during the project, is available on the project webpage


  • When will the public recreation area along the St. Vrain river by Martin St.finally be finished? What kind of functions will be served by this area? We've been waiting a long time for this project to be completed.

    AKH asked 4 months ago

    The Dickens Farm Nature Area is a 52-acre site located between Main and Martin Streets along the St. Vrain Creek. All in-creek work and St. Vrain Greenway trail restoration through the nature area was completed in summer 2018 as part of work on the Resilient St. Vrain project. Construction is anticipated to start in May 2019 and continue throughout the summer to build a nature discovery area, bike skills area, picnic shelters, parking lot and restrooms. (Occasional, brief trail closures may be expected during the construction, but at least one trail route through the nature area is planned to remain open for users.) Once work is complete, visitors to the area can enjoy the creek environment. Read more about what to expect at Dickens Farm NA in this post on the Building a Resilient St. Vrain blog.

  • What is the city planning to do to stop drag racing on 21st st. Now that is warm kids are out playing and accessing the parks on 21st. People frequently speed on 21st between Gay and Francis making it dangerous, loud and impacts the peaceful enjoyment of our homes and yards.

    Jlehner21 asked 3 months ago

    The Longmont Police Department actively works with residents to ensure traffic safety in all neighborhoods. The department assembles detailed tracking of the areas in which additional patrols have been assigned, and we take every complaint seriously while providing resources for over 340 miles of roadway (and we understand residents aren’t always aware of our 24/7 efforts to reduce speed and increase safety in our community!).

    If you have a reoccurring traffic problem in your neighborhood that you feel needs attention, please contact the Traffic Unit at (303) 651- 8849 and/or complete the traffic complaint form at longmontcolorado.gov (use the search tool for “file a police report.”) You will find that we ask for your contact information as well as specifics regarding your concerns. This allows us to follow up with you and ask additional questions if needed.

    If your concern involves physical changes (signage, posted speed limit signs, speed bumps, etc.) we recommend that you also contact a city traffic engineer at (303) 651-8737. This group of employees provides oversight for street design as well as the management of traffic volume and the speed at which vehicles move throughout town.


  • Over the past 5 years, thousands of living units have been constructed in Longmont creating tens if not hundreds of million of dollars in increased property valuation. Why has the City not passed on, via lower property taxes and fees, this windfall in property tax revenue?

    mike asked 3 months ago

    Property tax is a key source of revenue in the City’s General Fund, and it primarily funds services such as Police, Fire, the Library, Senior Services and Youth Services. Most of these services generate little to no revenue and thus are funded by taxes. Property tax is cyclical and goes through significant peaks and valleys due to changes in property values. Often, the costs of City services do not follow those same trends. In 2008 Longmont property tax revenue was $14.27 million. In 2018 it was $18.67 million. That’s an increase of almost 31% or 3.1% per year. But the property tax revenue in 2014 was only $13.79 million, which was a decline from 2008. When property tax showed no growth or declined over six years the City did not raise property taxes. Instead, it made service reductions or deferred maintenance. With the property tax experiencing strong growth since 2014 the City has been able to address those deferred maintenance issues and make some increases to service levels. Over $1 million annually is going toward funding affordable housing that was not being funded through 2014. The growth in population also increases demand for services. The City strives to ensure that most of the City budget is directed to services and programs that are a high priority for the community.







  • Thanks for the new website! How can I found out specifics on development in Longmont? What is going on on Pike Rd and Hover? I heard there was to be apartments, townhouses, a pond and dog park. Would like to understand current plan and timeline please. This is my neighborhood.

    ACEagle asked 3 months ago

    The best resource for people interested in development around the city is the Active Development Log & Map on the city’s website. The map is a great tool allowing residents to zoom into all active projects around the city, find out what stage the project is in, and whom to contact with questions. Anyone who does not have access to our website can call Planning at 303-651-8330 and speak with the Planner on Duty or the Project Planner to get their questions answered.







  • I hear that the City government is preparing to close up shop and sell all of it's assets to Google. Will that bring and end to snow plowing, electricity and fireworks?

    Bob asked 4 months ago

    Hi Bob, and thanks for the April 1st Google giggle! We weren't fooled, but we are working hard to keep those roads cleared and power flowing. And you can help make sure Longmont gets a great show on the 4th of July by donating to the Kiwanis fireworks fundraiser at www.skylinekiwanis.org!