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Breckenridge council to consider landscaping policy, 2011 projects

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BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Town Council is to address potential changes to the town’s landscaping policy – to improve forest health, encourage use of native vegetation and more – during a work session Tuesday.

The town’s staff has been working with its planning commission for more than a year to update the policy, make it more user friendly and “raise the bar on new landscaping,” according to a town staff memo.

Fire-wise practices, absence of noxious weeds and use of plants that use a minimum amount of water are among items addressed in the memo.

The work session begins at

3 p.m. Tuesday at Breckenridge Town Hall; the regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30.

Council also is to address the town’s 2011 capital improvement plan on Tuesday as it nears the process of approving next year’s budget. Reductions because of economic downturn the past couple years have led to fewer projects.

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The list of CIP items was not included in the council packet; it is to be handed out at the work session, according to a staff memo.

The council selected members of its new, seven-member marketing committee earlier this month and on Tuesday will give town staff direction on the committee’s intended goals.

The committee was created to advise council on how it spends marketing finances. Proposed committee goals include incorporation of potential new revenue (specifically a lodging tax increase on November’s ballot) into marketing efforts, developing evaluation tools, evaluating use of technology for marketing and more, according to a staff memo.

In other news, the town’s welcome center is expected to be closed for multiple days in the last two weeks of October for the floors to be refinished.

Council at its last meeting approved a resolution opposing statewide Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, it’s expected to approve a resolution supporting Summit School District’s ballot question 3B to retain 32 percent of a mill levy that’s slated to expire at the end of this year.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or