During an all-day session on Aug. 27, the Cedaredge trustees looked at needs and funding challenges facing the town as the 2014 budget is drawn up.
Some highlights from the session included:
• Capital improvements needs in the town water fund were reviewed by town staff. The scheduled work next year includes a total of $67,000 for ten projects. Repair of Calumet Reservoir dam, line replacements, master meter installation, an ATV, and replacing lighting at the treatment plant are some of the specific projects being looked at.
• The parks budget is "thin on everything," reported Adam Conway, golf grounds superintendent who is helping out with park maintenance responsibilities.
Some of the big cottonwoods in Town Park need pruning, and some other trees could come out, he told board members.
• There are currently six vehicles for the police department's six officers. The department is looking at a new patrol vehicle in the 2014 budget to replace its oldest vehicle.
Also, Chief Robert Yant reported the department's arsenal of six shotguns is showing signs of wear. Two of them quit operating during a recent shooting certification, the chief said. Six new ones are budgeted at a total of $3,600, less trade-in value of the department's current guns.
• There are $86,724 in golf course equipment lease payments in the town's 2014 budget schedule.
The golf course maintenance budget has been declining in recent years. "The (golf) product can't get any better" at current levels of funding, Conway said. Basic maintenance and emergency repairs are all the budget allows. Trustee Nancy Sturgill also noted that the budget has been cut in prior years and is hopefully now at a "baseline" level.
The need for an in-line irrigation water filter system for the course was noted, a large expense if undertaken.
Because of irrigation system problems, parts of the course were saved by timely rains this year, reported golf pro Larry Murphy.
• The engineer's report on using town property at the current sewer lagoon site for construction of a new mechanical sewer treatment plant was not completed as hoped for the budget session.
Trustees discussed some possible scenarios for funding of the plant project.blog comments powered by Disqus