The Board of Trustees has decided to delay a decision on three requests from property owners to waive Town fees for annexation and zoning.
The requests have come from Doc Fickel for 244 acres of property east of Interstate 25, Joyce Jones for 3.7 acres northeast of the Town water treatment plant and another interested party for 2.5 acres west of the Kwik Korner store.
Planner Tim Katers has asked the Board for direction in making a decision on the matter at the April 7 meeting. In his staff report to the Board, Katers stated that the Fickel annexation fees total $17,070 and the Jones fees are $2,453.50
Katers also stated that all fees for recent and current annexations have been paid by applicants.
During the discussion on the matter, Trustee Michael Patrick said that a legal opinion would be needed in making a decision on the requests.
White Meets with School Officials, Developers
During his report to the Board of Trustees, Town Administrator Jim White said he has met with Thompson District School officials regarding the installation of a non-potable water system at Berthoud High and Turner Middle schools. He said he has also talked with developer Scott Sarbaugh about plans for a solar farm at his planned Prairie Star project.
White also told the Board that the Berthoud Historical Society has requested matching funds to help with costs associated with the display at Denver International Airport.
White also reported on upcoming Town events highlighted in the first edition of “Talk of the Town,” which include an Arbor Day celebration and the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity project on April 18.
Board Supports Weld Initiative
The Board of Trustees has approved a resolution supporting the Southwest Weld Economic Initiative to encourage regional development.
The towns of Brighton, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Fort Lupton, Frederick, Johnstown, Mead, Milliken and Platteville are also participating in the effort spearheaded by Upstate Colorado Economic Development Corporation.
The goal of the initiative is to expand economic opportunity by building the primary job base in the area.
Pending Light Rail Legislation
Bob Briggs of the Colorado Rail Association presented information to the Town Board on a pending state legislation that would create a railroad authority for light rail service in the Front Range area. House Bill 1134 would allow local governments options for funding projects to help passengers get to rail stations and work with the state Department of Transportation, Briggs said. CDOT presently does not have authority to develop the light rail system, he added.