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Bond Park And MacGregor Avenue Construction To Begin October 1

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Bond Park improvements are scheduled to begin Oct. 1 and conclude by Memorial Day weekend in 2013, with a winter break in construction between Nov. 21 and March 2013. Fall construction will include sidewalk renovation and a seating wall along the Elkhorn Avenue perimeter, and renovations to the southwest and southeast entry plazas. Construction will resume in the spring of 2013 with a pavilion in the southwest corner and the planting of landscape elements. To reduce public disruption, the fall stage of Bond Park improvements will occur in conjunction with repairs to the 100-block of MacGregor Avenue. After it was determined that the road was not built to specification in 2011, the contractor agreed to repair the road at no additional cost to the Town, with the exception of any changes the Town may make to contract specifications. These repairs will take place Oct. 1 through Nov. 21. These projects will necessitate traffic and pedestrian closures along the 100-block of MacGregor Avenue, with limited access to the west side entrances of Town Hall. Visitors are advised to watch for detour and accessibility signage. Pedestrians should be prepared for sidewalk closures and detour signage along the west and south sides of Bond Park bordering Elkhorn Avenue and Riverside Drive. During the construction period, the parking stalls and bus turnout bordering Elkhorn Avenue will be reserved for heavy equipment, as will some parking stalls on MacGregor Avenue north of Town Hall. The sidewalk along Park Lane on the north side of Bond Park will remain open, as will parking along both lanes of traffic on Park Lane. This year's redevelopment of Bond Park will include some features outlined in phase five of the Bond Park Master Plan. In 2009, the Town initiated a public process to redesign Bond Park to make it a more user- friendly space for residents and visitors. The resulting Bond Park Master Plan divides Bond Park's redevelopment into six possible phases that the Town can consider and complete as funding becomes available. Construction began in 2011 with significant infrastructure improvements and the reconstruction of the 100-block of MacGregor Ave. and Park Lane to accommodate special event tents, removing them from the grass, as outlined in phases one and three of the Master Plan. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas by email, please email townadmin@estes.org.

Town Board To Review Proposed 2012 Budget In October; Budget Hearings In November

From: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer A municipality's annual budget isn't just an accounting document, it serves as a guide for how the Town should best use its resources to benefit the citizens. With a budget of $32 million (in 2012) for all services including the electric and water utilities, the Town of Estes Park has a limited pool of resources that it can utilize to perform the necessary functions. With that understanding the Town Board must decide which items should be included in the annual budget. The Town Board will review the proposed 2013 Town budget during study sessions on the first three Fridays in October. The public is encouraged to attend study sessions, although public comment is not part of the process until the Nov. 13 and 27 Town Board meetings. One exception is the Community Service Grants discussion, scheduled for Oct. 12, when public comments are encouraged. Study sessions will be held from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. Each October study session will include presentations on different funds within the Town government. The Oct. 5 study session will focus on Community Reinvestment, Fleet, Information Systems (IT), Vehicle Replacement, Legislative, Judicial, Executive, Administrative Services, Finance, Community Development, Protective Inspections, Medical and Employee Benefits. The Oct. 12 study session will focus on Community Service Grants, Police, Parks, Streets, Engineering, Buildings, Transfers, Conservation Trust and Larimer County Open Space. The Oct. 19 study session will focus on Community Services including Transportation, Visitor Center, Museum, Senior Center, Facilities and Marketing, Special Events, Conference Center, as well as Light and Power, Water, Theater and Employee Compensation. The public is encouraged to attend and comment at the budget hearings during the Nov. 13 and 27 Town Board meetings, which take place at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall. Each year, the process begins with creating a budget schedule in April. Next, departments review their budgets and potential needs for the following year. The departments then meet with the Town Administrator and Finance Officer to begin assessing their needs. Pre-budget work sessions are held in July with the Mayor and Board of Trustees to determine priorities and give guidance in budget preparation. The Finance Department then crafts the draft budget to be reviewed with the Town Board during the October budget study sessions. After the budget is approved in November, it is printed and submitted to the State of Colorado by the end of January. Town of Estes Park financial information, including budgets and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, are available at www.estes.org/finance. For more information, please call the Finance Department at 970-577-3560. To receive Town news in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org. For this and other Town news, please visit www.estes.org/news.

Friday, September 28, 2012

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