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Summit Co. towns to provide services together?

Caitlin Row
Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO ” Town managers were surprised by speculation at a recent Breckenridge Town Council meeting that Silverthorne, Dillon and Frisco could join together on service collaboration known as “SilverDisco.”

“The county headed up collecting and organizing projections” of what the community would look like in 2030, said Devin Granbery, Dillon’s town manager. “They did a really good job on it, too. Everybody participated. But how did ‘SilverDisco’ get slipped in?”

Breckenridge presented the idea for the intergovernmental agreement between the three neighboring towns in reviewing the Summit Leadership Forum’s forecast.

“We at Breckenridge did not coin that,” said Kim DiLallo, spokeswoman for the Town of Breckenridge, of the report’s prediction for a “SilverDisco” collaboration.

According to DiLallo, the idea was forged when town planners came together with county planners to come up with both serious predications and “funny stuff to keep it light.”

DiLallo hopes that the towns and the county will get back together soon to massage and dissect the report, which is meant to be used as a tool to get public officials working toward a common goal of a good community.

Granbery is not interested in participating in a “SilverDisco” collaboration, but he does support town efforts to work together when the fit is right.

For example, Dillon recently agreed to provide water and sewer services to an eight-unit affordable-housing complex project in Silverthorne’s Ptarmigan Trail Estates subdivision bordering both towns.

Kevin Batchelder, Silverthorne’s town manager, also was surprised when he read about the collaboration prediction.

“The 2030 report is very preliminary at this point, and there were a lot of tongue-in-cheek comments,” Batchelder said. “Not only was it a serious look at 2030, but it was a chance to throw out some amusing what-ifs.”

Batchelder supports sharing services between towns and the county, but believed the “SilverDisco” forecast to be the result of joking around.

“We’re waiting for this to go back to the Summit Leadership Forum for further discussion,” Batchelder said. “It’s a collaborative effort among planners at various agencies to look at the future.”

Though Michael Penny, the Frisco town manager, didn’t have a direct response to the “SilverDisco” prediction, he said the town is always looking for the opportunity to collaborate with other towns on viable projects.

“We’re not going to become the city and county of Summit,” Penny said.

Some areas make more sense for collaboration than others, he said.

“No one knows what the future will hold,” Penny added.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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