Dillon eyes marina for expansion
DILLON – Work on a long-awaited plan to map out future growth at Dillon’s popular marina will begin next month.The Dillon Town Council voted Tuesday evening to sign to contract with Madison, Wisc.-based consultants JJR, although the council hasn’t yet decided how it will pay for the approximately $100,000 project.The master plan, which is expected to take about five months to complete, is meant to be a road map for the marina’s future and to be integrated with the town’s long-range economic revitalization plans, marina manager Bob Evans wrote in a report to the council.It will address issues related to economic impact, downtown/business district parking and pedestrian circulation, shoreline development practices, environmental sustainability and community priorities.On busy weekends, it’s not unusual for cars to spill out of the marina parking lot onto the shoulder of Lodgepole Drive. In the past, the town has discussed options to fix the parking problems, such as building a structure in place of the existing tiered, dirt rows of parking above the marina. The master plan should provide guidance on parking solutions. Another concept being discussed for the marina is the addition of a 2,400-square-foot wharf to cover the dry, cracked lakebed exposed in low water years, and to provide additional space for events and boat storage.Consultants will gather input from homeowners, marina users, slip holders, yacht club members and Tiki Bar patrons during the planning process, Evans said.On Tuesday the council mulled three payment options for the plan – taking the money from the marina reserve fund, from the economic development revitalization fund or out of proceeds from a $1 million loan that town took out last year to fund various capital and economic development projects – but opted to move forward with the contract and delay the final decision on funding.Dillon to remove hundreds of trees from town parksDillon’s parks are the latest victim of the mountain pine beetle epidemic with 613 marked for removal this spring. The trees are located in both the Town and Marina parks in downtown Dillon. The town will contract with A Cut Above Forestry, Inc. to remove the dead or dying trees before June 30 at a cost of $35,358.Last year, the town removed about 165 trees on all town-owned property, including the cemetery, parks and rights-of-way. The drastic increase in infested trees in the parks this year likely stems from an unsuccessful spraying program last year, said assistant public works director Scott O’Brien.In 2005, the town sprayed about 500 healthy trees in the Town Park and Marina Park and saw about an 85 percent success rate. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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