Day care gets county cash |

Day care gets county cash

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

How they voted: In favor ” Arn Menconi and Sara Fisher, Peter Runyon was not present

Who they talked to: Finance Director John Lewis

What they spent it on: The county will contribute about $200,000 to help start the new Gypsum Childcare Center, which will provide 46 new child-care spots.

About $125,000 of that went toward changes in plumbing, electricity and layout plans for the new building, which ended up costing more than expected. The rest goes toward rent and utilities ” the plan is for the county to help with the start-up and building costs of the new center.

By next year, the center should be up and running and will not need too much county funds, Lewis said.

The county has already given about $300,000 to the center, making the total contribution about $500,000.

The boost for the child-care center was part of about $1.57 million in additional spending approved by commissioners.

About $4,000 of it was from the general fund and the rest was from restricted pools of money reserved for things like road and bridge, or capital improvements.

Other expenditures include $33,000 for road improvement at the Leadville Bus Barn, and $100,000 for remodeling the county annex building in Avon. The remodel will create a foyer and provide more room for clerk staff and Health and Human Services staff, who currently share the space.

Who they talked to: Amy Keeley, geographical information systems (GIS) program director

What they talked about: It’s time to update the county’s aerial-photography data and topography maps.

The maps are used in most GIS products and master planning maps, and by safety agencies and engineers, Keeley said. With updated information, more private consultants and planners would be interested in purchasing the information also, she said.

The updated maps could also be useful for tourist products and promotion.

The county’s most current aerial photographs are from 2004 and topography maps are from 1998.

Several metro districts and Summit County have already hired consultants to do the project, so Eagle County can contribute to the cost and jump in on the project at a much lower price. It would cost the county about $335,000.

The new data would cover 352 square miles.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

Support Local Journalism