Day-long session begins Cedaredge's budget talks

By Hank Lohmeyer

The Cedaredge trustees will hold their annual budget work session on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the public is being invited to attend all or any portion or event.

Moving through their day-long agenda, trustees will hear from town staff on various categories of budget expenses and on particular line item expenditures that department heads will want included in their spending plans for 2017.

The working portion of the session will begin with a presentation by DMEA on its fiberoptic program. That will run from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

The balance of the work session agenda is scheduled to proceed as follows:

From 9:20 to 10:30 a.m., capital improvement plan/vehicle wish list; from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., a break; from 10:45 to 11 a.m., administration; from 11 to 11:30 a.m., police department; from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m., animal control, code enforcement, municipal court, and abatement and mitigation. That will conclude the morning session.

From 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. lunch break is scheduled.

The afternoon session will begin at 12:30 lasting to 1 p.m. for a discussion of employee compensation and retirement transition plan (This discussion could come before lunch.)

Then, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. is the golf course/clubhouse restaurant; from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m., park maintenance; at 1:45-2 p.m., trust fund/recreation, parks, open space and trails; from 2 to 2:20 p.m. water (raw water collection, treatment and distribution); from 2:20 to 2:40 p.m., wastewater (collection, lagoons, new WWTF operations and decommissioning); from 2:40 to 3 p.m., streets, facilities and other general fund accounts and major street improvements.

The town board's regular meeting is set for Aug. 18 and is currently scheduled for 7 p.m. Town staff has included an intriguing note on its schedule of events for September referencing a possible location and a surprise agenda: "Save the date for Sept. 8 evening, probably at the golf course restaurant for unique agenda items," states the town's notice.