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Firestone Board of Trustees approves budget

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By The Staff

FIRESTONE — A number of big projects are accounted for in the town of Firestone’s 2014 budget.

The budget was adopted by the Board of Trustees during the Dec. 11, 2013, meeting, following a presentation by Director of Finance Ron Lay.

“As the economic-social environment fluctuates in the years ahead, I am confident that Firestone will continue to provide the balance between fiscal responsibility and quality of life, making our community an even better place to live, work and play,” Lay said.

Among the highlights of the 2014 fiscal year budget are: 

 

Pedestrian Bridges
for Firestone Trail

Two pedestrian bridges have been proposed for additional safety and greater accessibility to the Firestone Trail from historic Firestone.

The first will be in the Jacob H. Firestone Memorial Park where the trail dips. This has historically been an area of the trail where water and ice collects leading to unsafe passage.

The second bridge will allow for pedestrian access from historic Firestone on Venice Avenue through The Villas neighborhood out to the Firestone Trail. This bridge will greatly improve safety for children walking to Frederick High School. These bridges are expected to be completed by April, but will be contingent upon the town navigating storm water mitigation as per Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. 

 

Water Meter System Upgrade

The town will be continuing the replacement program of its meter reading system that began in late 2012 and is expected to be completed by this spring. 

The new meters have the capability to read to a single gallon allowing the system to report hourly readings of real time usage. This feature will be used as a tool for all water customers to be able to monitor their water usage in an effort to prevent costly leaks and promote conservation.

Once the system has all been upgraded, water customers will have the ability to set up a secure account to access their water usage through a website. In addition to providing real time usage, the new system will also allow the utility billing department to alert customers of leaks in household plumbing and leaks in unoccupied dwellings.

 

Park Avenue Improvements

Improvements including a west side curb and gutter and additional asphalt will be made along Park Avenue which goes to the Carbon Valley Regional Library.

 

        Park Projects

Within the parks department, there will be several projects spanning 2014. The first will be a complete resurface at Harney Park in the St. Vrain Ranch neighborhood due to the breakdown of the existing surface area.

Another project plan is the addition of lights to the second and third fields at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex. Planning efforts for a disc golf course at Central Park will get underway, with installation planned for 2015.

 

Water Conservation

Four additional parks will also be converted to Rain Master’s iCentral controlled irrigation system, which allows for wireless central control to monitor water usage.  In 2013, 10 parks were converted to this system which resulted in a savings of 36,617,000 gallons of water.

 

Financial Management, Record Retention

Planning and research has begun for a potential new financial and records management system that will allow residents to access important information electronically. In turn, this will allow the town to promote accountability and transparency.

 

Fleet Maintenance

Purchase and refurbish two police vehicles as part of the ongoing fleet maintenance and rehabilitation.