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Tracker: Avon Town Council 8/22/06

Nicole Frey

What they said: When deciding how much, if any, money to give nonprofit groups, council said groups will be measured against certain criteria including desire, need, budget and staff time. Councilors must want to propose the programs, determine if the group is needed in Avon, see if Avon has the money to give and determine if Avon staff would need to participate in or spend a lot of time with the group. What this means to you: Avon will dish out cash to worthy groups. Whats next: Groups have until Aug. 25 to turn in request for funds in 2007. Council will discuss the submissions at a Sept. 12 work session.

What they said: Council listened to several financial advisors talk about how to make the town center west project work financially. Dee Wisor, Avons bond counsel with Sherman and Howard presented an overview of tax increment financing a way to finance public improvements by creating a down town development authority or urban renewal authority and collecting taxes. David Bell,of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Avons bond underwriters, talked about if the town can finance town center west through tax increment financing. And Stan Bernstein reviewed councils financial model incorporating the financing concepts. The town may employ a build first, pay later, philosophy to build town center west. Town Manager Larry Brooks said this happens almost all the time when building. Plans include $40 million in public improvements, including a parking garage and new town hall. What this means to you: Avon is deep in the process of sprucing up the west side of town .Whats next: Avon will ask for feedback from the community.

What they said: DDesign Workshop representative Steven Spears told the council about the results of a July meeting about the proposed town center east that would recreate the area adding more public space, commercial and residential space. Those who attended the meeting said the new town center east should have good circulation for cars and people, should have a good balance of commercial and residential, and be focused on locals. What this means to you: Eventually, Avon may have a revitalized East Avon, that will lure people to shop, live and hang out. Whats next: Design Workshop and Avon will do a market investigation, and then try to select a preferred alternative.

How they voted: unanimously approved What they said: After discussing a $1 minimum fine, council decided to amend the bear law to include a maximum fine of $250 but no minimum fine. Avon police will also no longer need to give a warning before issuing a fine. What this means to you: Newcomers to Avon will likely still receive a warning before being fined for trash offenses, but Avon police can fine residents after a first offense. Whats next: Residents will clean up their act or face the financial consequences.

What they said: Bill Hammer, president of the Stone Creek Elementary charter schools board of directors, told council he had overlooked a $250,000 bond in the lease contract between the school and Avon. The contract required the bond to ensure the land will be restored to its former condition when Stone Creek vacates the area. Avon said the bond must be secured before construction can begin, but Stone Creek was allowed to begin construction nonetheless. What this means to you: Both parties are determined to figure the problem out so the school doesnt have to close before it even opens. Whats next: The school and the town are discussing other ways of securing money for the town.

What they said: Barry Smith, the emergency services manager for Eagle County, talked to council about contributing toward the purchase of an emergency notification system, like a reverse 911. Smith said reverse 911 reaches just more than 60 percent of the population because so many people only have cell phones. The new software would allow people to sign up for alerts on their cell phones. Smith asked for a donation of $2,000, similar to what other towns have donated. The town said it would be willing to donate more if metropolitan districts, like Beaver Creek and Edwards, pitch in. What this means to you: Eagle County may become a little safer if Smith can raise $66,000. Hes secured $37,500 so far. Whats next: Smith will continue to collect money. Information provided by the town of Avon. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado


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