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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Town Briefs: Trustees Approve DIA Exhibit, Energy Star Funds

By Sandy Barnes
Berthoud Recorder

The Board of Trustees approved $2,200 in funding for the Berthoud Historical Society Farm Exhibit at Denver International Airport and a $1,000 contribution to Northern Colorado Energy Star at the April 14 meeting.

Tom Vaughan, director of the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, requested the funds for 12 display cases included in the exhibit opening at the airport on April 20. The historical society also contributed $2,000 to the project. “I think it will be a good economic opportunity for Berthoud,” Vaughan said.

In making the request for the Energy Star funds, Town Administrator Jim White added that it would be a valuable marketing tool for the Town and would bring recognition.

Aims Pursuing Special Tax District
Dr. Marsi Liddell, director of Aims Community College, asked the Town Board to decide on when to hold a special election to establish a special municipal tax district for the campus planned near Berthoud. Liddell said residents would pay approximately $125 a year in additional taxes and would receive a substantial discount in tuition fees in return.

Aims Community College Trustee Mike Geile, who also spoke at the April 14 meeting, said the project to build a new campus in the community would be an investment of $35 million. A primary focus at the campus will be renewable energy, he added.

Public Hearings Set
The Board of Trustees has set public hearings for the Wolf property annexation and for an amendment to the Town incentives ordinance.

The Wolf annexation of 2.4 acres on old U.S. Highway 287 will be held on May 26. The incentives ordinance amendment, which would keep minor permit fees at the standard rate rather than discounting them along with major projects, is set for April 28.

Planner Tim Katers said that since the passing of the incentives, he has been discounting $30 inspection fees to $13.50, and felt this situation needs to be remedied.

Arbor Day Proclaimed
Mayor Tom Patterson read a proclamation setting this year’s Arbor Day celebration for Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m.

Members of the Town tree board led by John Goreski are planning to plant 22 trees along Mountain Avenue as part of the Arbor Day event. The cost of the trees was funded through a grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition.

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