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City of Durango to forgo entering float in Snowdown Light Parade

Former Durango City Councilor Dick White, left, and current Councilor Dean Brookie, right, wave to the crowd during last year’s Snowdown Light Parade. The city does not plan to enter a float this year.

Keen eyes at this year’s Snowdown Light Parade may notice something missing: the city of Durango float.

Durango Interim City Manager Amber Blake announced this week city staff has forgone designing and building an entry for the Snowdown parade, a decision City Council approved in earnest. The move is unprecedented, said City Councilor Dean Brookie, the most senior city councilor.

But if any message is to be gleaned from the city’s lack of involvement, it is this: City staff already has enough on its plate, Brookie said after a City Council meeting this week.

City staff in recent months has been inundated with unanticipated work, including the resignation of top financial officer Julie Brown and a City Council settlement out of a contract with former City Manager Ron LeBlanc.

Furthermore, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is inquiring about alleged misappropriation of public funds and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has been tapped to fix city finances.

It’s going to be “A Rockin’ Snowdown” for thousands, but the city has already been rocked.

Herald Staff

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