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Breckenridge loads plate with capital projects for 2013

The year 2013 will be a busy one for Breckenridge, packed with the biggest load of capital improvement projects public works director Tom Daugherty says he has ever seen.

Among the projects on tap for next year, the town is aiming to complete the construction of a new roundabout at Four O’clock Road, the installation of a heated sidewalk downtown, an artificial turf field at the recreation center and the revitalization of Main Street.

“The things that are on our list are things that are really going to help promote the economy of our town,” Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe said.

The total cost of Breckenridge’s proposed capital projects for 2013 is close to $11 million and includes the $7.4 million renovation of the old CMC building as the new site of the south branch library, a project that will be completed in partnership with the Summit County government. Only about $2.5 million of the total renovation cost will come out of Breckenridge coffers.

The council approved $65,000 to install a heated sidewalk on Lincoln Avenue just east of Main Street, where ice accumulation and a steep grade put pedestrians at risk in the winter time.

“It’s a safety issue,” Councilman Mike Dudick said. “That’s the most treacherous piece of sidewalk.”

Initial approval on next year’s full schedule of improvement projects came as Breckenridge Town Council members continued to loosen the town’s purse strings, increasing funding for snowplowing services and employee merit increases in the 2013 budget at a public meeting Tuesday.

“We did well this last year,” Wolfe said. “So there’s reason for optimism. When you have optimism, then you decide it’s time to do some good things for the town.”

The council directed staffers to expedite a four-year scheduled makeover of the Breckenridge Arts District as well. The $2.3 million project, which will include improvements to the Robert Whyte House and new public bathrooms, will begin in 2013 and is set to be completed by the following year.

Additional landscaping on the Highway 9 medians, roadway resurfacing and improvements to the Breckenridge Town Hall are also on the list of capital improvement projects proposed in next year’s budget plan.

“This is the largest (capital improvement projects list) I’ve ever seen,” Daugherty told the council during a budget discussion Tuesday.