Briefs: Eagle to expand water, sewer plants |

Briefs: Eagle to expand water, sewer plants

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Vail, CO Colorado
Pam Boyd/EnterpriseExpanding Eagle's wastewater treatment plan is the most expensive public improvement int he town's history.

EAGLE, Colorado ” Traffic backups have been the most obvious symptom of Eagle’s rapid growth during the past decade, but other town systems are equally feeling the pinch.

Currently, a $13-million wastewater treatment plant is under construction next to Eagle’s treatment facility at the west end of town, north of U.S. Highway 6.

Additionally, the town is designing a new water treatment plant that also will be located in western Eagle and could open in 2011.

“Much of the town’s public infrastructure is reaching its capacity,” Eagle Town Engineer Tom Gosiorowski says. “Roads and traffic we talk about a lot, but it is more than that.”

The expansion of the wastewater treatment plant is the most expensive public improvement ever undertaken by the town, and should meet the towns need’s for the next 20 years, Gosiorowski says.

Eagle’s peak water demand comes during the summer months when residents are irrigating lawns. If it takes two years for a new treatment plant to open ” and a large residential or commercial project opens during the winter months of that second year ” the town could likely handle the impact, Gosiorowski says.

” Pam Boyd

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Adults and children can learn about staying safe from convicted sex offenders at a workshop hosted by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

The workshop, “Sex Offenders and Your Safety,” is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gracious Savior Lutheran Church in Edwards. There will be a presentation for adults and a safety workshop for children.

Contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention or Victim Services Unit for more details at 328-8500.

AVON, Colorado ” Avon is taking another swing at affordable housing.

Avon has been trying for months to create affordable housing guidelines, but several revisions and objections from developers who said the guidelines were too tough kept the plans on the drawing board.

After taking suggestions from developers and members of the planning and zoning commission, the town is steering away from affordable housing requirements based on the size of projects.

Instead, the town will focus more on requiring developers to provide affordable housing based on how many employees a project will generate. Developers will be expected to examine what kind of impact they’ll have on the community based on regularly updated studies provided by Eagle County and the state.

The studies estimates how many employees are generated by different kinds of developments, whether it’s a bar, office or a condo complex, and suggests how much employee housing the developer should be responsible for.

Still, there’s some flexibility, town planners say. It will be up to the Town Council to decide how much housing should be provided by the developer on a case-by-case basis, dependent on other public benefits a developer might offer.

” Matt Terrell

VAIL, Colorado ” How employee apartments at the renovated Timber Ridge Village Apartments will be rented will be the topic of a Vail Town Council discussion Tuesday.

The council has been ask to decide whether to control rents at the complex or restrict the apartments to certain employees. The town is currently negotiating a plan to renovate Timber Ridge with Open Hillwood, a developer that also wants to build shops, hotels, housing and more parking spaces to the Lionshead parking garage.

To forward comments about rents at Timber Ridge in advance of the meeting, call the Vail Town Council voice mail at 479-1860, ext. 8, or e-mail

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