$5.4M in Avon budget for road diet, town hall housing
AVON — Council passed the 2017 budget on Tuesday, but some of the biggest expenditures will still require some scrutiny by the seven-member board.
Officials said on Tuesday they’re hoping for a big turnout at the Nov. 16 meeting at Town Hall, where the $2.7 million allocated in the 2017 budget for the controversial road diet on West and East Beaver Creek Boulevard will be addressed with the most recent plans for that road presented.
Mayor Jennie Fancher said she doesn’t expect the final cost will be $2.7 million.
“I think it’s just a placeholder,” she said. “I don’t think it will cost $2.5 million, but when Lake Street was done, those improvements cost $4.5 million.”
Mayor Pro Tem Jake Wolf said while he doesn’t support the $2.7 million for the road diet, he will take the issue up when it comes before council again rather than try to hold up the whole budget.
“I know there’s better uses for that money right now,” he said.
Fancher said she expects the council will discuss the road diet again in December following the Nov. 16 meeting.
“Obviously it would open for public input again, and then council would make a decision about what they wanted to do, at which point if they were going to move forward with a different design for Beaver Creek Boulevard, then it would go out to bid.”
Also approved as part of the 2017 budget is approximately $2.7 million which could go to putting affordable housing in the new Town Hall building on Mikaela Way. The building was purchased by Avon earlier this year for $1.5 million.
“The architects are looking at the feasibility of adding two levels to the Town Hall building, which would be used to add affordable housing,” Fancher said.
That’s another idea that could come before council at some point in the future, but the money is budgeted for 2017.
“I think the idea is those units would be sort of ‘urban affordable,’” Fancher said.
With a key water deal denied, the Battle Mountain developer and the town of Minturn are planning to meet next week to discuss the future of the Bolts Lake property.