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Government tracker: New members appointed to Avon planning commission

Board: Avon Town Council, Tuesday, April 28.

Present: Council members Matt Gennett, Jennie Fancher, Megan Burch, Sarah Smith Hymes, Scott Prince and Jake Wolf.

The issue: Appointment of new members to the Planning & Zoning commission.

Who they talked to: Avon residents Jim Clancy, Jared Barnes, Tab Bonidy, Lindsay Hardy, Chris Lubbers, William Glaner and Courtney Gregory applied for the five positions.

“The intent of the (water system) fee is to basically recoup the investment into the system that the authority has made. The reason it has gone up so much is it hasn’t been updated in 15 years.”Jason CowlesPlanner with Upper Eagle Regional Authority

What they said: There were five Planning & Zoning Commission vacancies to be appointed by the Town Council. Planning & Zoning Commissioners review and approve design review procedures and criteria related to zoning and subdivision ordinances; review and approve development proposals against the Town’s ordinances; comprehensive planning; and review and comment on programs and planning issues for the town.

How they voted: Jim Clancy received seven votes, Jared Barnes received seven votes, Tab Bonidy received six votes, Lindsay Hardy received six votes, Chris Lubbers received six votes, William Glaner received three votes and Courtney Gregory received zero votes. Clancy, Hardy and Bonidy were appointed to two-year terms, Lubbers and Barnes were appointed to one-year terms.

WATER SYSTEM FEES TO DOUBLE

Board: Avon Town Council, Tuesday, April 21 special meeting.

Present: Council members Matt Gennett, Jennie Fancher, Megan Burch, Sarah Smith Hymes, Scott Prince and Jake Wolf.

The issue: Increase above the cost of living adjustment for the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority’s Water System Impact Fee.

Who they talked to: Jason Cowles, planner with Upper Eagle Regional Authority; Todd Goulding, Avon representative on the Upper Eagle Regional Authority water board.

What they said: Cowles told the council the authority was recommending a fee increase of approximately 100 percent for new customers connecting to the water system.

“The intent of the fee is to basically recoup the investment into the system that the authority has made,” Cowles said. “The reason it has gone up so much is it hasn’t been updated in 15 years. There has been $36 million in investment in the authority system since it was last updated, and there is another $60 million planned in the master planning effort.”

Goulding told the council the increased fees will allow the authority to avoid seeking bonds for ongoing maintenance, which has a lot of financing costs.

“This really helps set the financial structure for the authority to be healthy and using bonding for truly big, big projects,” Goulding said. 

How they voted: Five in favor, one opposed (Wolf).

ETHICS TALK DELAYED

Present: Council members Matt Gennett, Jennie Fancher, Megan Burch, Sarah Smith Hymes, Scott Prince and Jake Wolf.

The issue: Amending of the Town Code of Ethics

Who they talked to: Eric Heil, town attorney; Bette Todd, Greenwood Village City Council member.

What they talked about: Heil presented to the council a draft of a revised code of ethics with two alternatives, one which prohibit any elected official from accepting compensation or work related to any official act on a specific project, application or contract within 12 months of the official act; the second stated that such private work or compensation could not be obtained until six months after the term in office expires. Fancher, Smith Hymes and Burch said they supported the second alternative. Prince, Wolf and Gennett said they preferred the first. Reynolds said he didn’t like either option.

How they voted: Unanimous in favor of continuing the discussion during another meeting.



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