Durango reservoir named after Otha ‘Jack’ Rogers

City honors retiring public works director

The city of Durango has two reservoirs. There’s a reservoir north of town in the Weminuche Wilderness Areas and then there’s the Otha one.

The city’s in-town reservoir near the water-treatment plant was officially designated Tuesday as the Otha “Jack” Rogers Reservoir after the director of public works who is retiring in March after 29½ years of service.

By honoring a longtime employee, the City Council also cleared up confusion over what to call a reservoir that has been called many different names over the years, including City Reservoir, City Reservoir One, Durango Regulatory Reservoir and Terminal Reservoir.

In other business, the councilors also named a 15-acre athletic field complex under construction on the Fort Lewis College campus for Duane Smith, a Fort Lewis College professor emeritus of history and expert on Mesa Verde National Park.

Smith is a founder and former chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, originally appointed in 1977. He has provided leadership in the development of the city’s parks and trail systems.

In the naming of Smith Sports Complex, The City Council followed the recommendation and support of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board and the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees.

Mayor Christina Rinderle, 36, joked with Smith about his longtime service, saying he was first appointed to the recreation board “when I was 1.”

The sports complex is being developed jointly by the city and the college on a northeast corner of campus. It is expected to be completed by fall.


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