Berthoud youth (from left) Nicole Silvers, Ashley Beall, Olivia Eppler and Kyle Silvers take a break from the late-winter heat wave to play in the shade from the landmark walrus sculptures in Fickel Park on Tuesday. Long-time Colorado residents recognize the turn of phrase “in like a lamb, out like a lion” for March’s weather trends with temperatures reaching into the 70s through this weekend.
Board Renews Town Admin’s Contract
By Sandy Barnes
The Board of Trustees has renewed the contract of Town Administrator Jim White. The decision came at the close of a two-hour executive session on Tuesday, March 3. Mayor Tom Patterson said terms of the one-year contract would be worked out at a later date.
White has served as Town Administrator since 2001. His present annual salary is $95,000.
Before going into executive session, trustees reviewed the details of Phase II of the Mountain Avenue Project, which involves installation of a 42-inch storm water main along Sixth Street. Town Engineer Stephanie Brothers said the project is expected to begin in mid-April after the bidding process is completed. According to a previous estimate, the project would cost $400,000, Brothers said. The Town has allocated $450,000 in this year’s budget for it.
Brothers said the project carries a large price tag because of the size of the line and also because of the depth at which it will be installed. Brothers also noted that the estimate is now more than 18 months old and costs may have increased.
Trustee Jeff Hindman asked about the possibility of combining Phases II and III of the Mountain Avenue Project. “It would be awesome if we could get this done,” he said.
“At this point, we wouldn’t have the money to complete it,” replied White. The Mountain Avenue Project has been planned for the past few years, White added, with the initial goal of completion this year.
While discussing accessibility of the area during the project, White said he would request that the contractor take a break around the time of the Berthoud Day festival on June 8. Over the break, the contractor would cover up the construction area and make the area safe for those attending the event.
Trustee John Bauer asked if the Town swimming pool would remain open while construction was under way. Brothers said the project would not interfere with pool use. Hindman suggested that swimming pool access be included in the bid proposal.
Hindman also commented on the delay in Phase II of the project, noting that previous statements issued to the public originally called for the project to begin early this year. Brothers said the area where the storm water main is to be placed needed to be re-surveyed because of added inlets, creating the delay.
During his remarks at the beginning of the meeting, Patterson said he and Public Works Director Tony Huerta were seeking funding for the additions to the roundabout project at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and First Street. He noted that stimulus monies are now available for shovel-ready projects and that time is of the essence in applying for them. Funds would be used to install a 120-foot sidewalk, a retaining wall and to provide lighting at crosswalks.
“We need to move as fast as we can to get bids,” said Patterson.
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