Frisco reports a record year over breakfast
FRISCO – Questions about the pine beetle problem and disposal of dead trees dominated the discussion Saturday morning, as more than 60 citizens, business owners, town staff and elected officials gathered for Frisco’s annual State of the Town breakfast.Mayor Bernie Zurbriggen greeted the crowd and introduced a half-hour-long video that summarized town progress over the past year, as attendees helped themselves to a buffet of breakfast burrito fixings, provided by Silverheels restaurant.
“2005…A Record Year” was the presentation’s theme. Town staff members interviewed in the video reported record years in new business licenses, grant acquisitions, voter turnout (in last December’s special election), skier visits at the Nordic Center, Barbecue Challenge attendance and Information Center visitors. According to Frisco public works director Tim Mack, the 2005-2006 seasonal snowfall was second only to that of 1996-1997. Frisco received 185 inches of snow within town limits this season, compared to only 115 the previous year.The higher snowfall attracted more winter visitors, which, Frisco police chief Tom Wickman said, also contributed to a record year in D.U.I. arrests within the town.
Fortunately, Wickman added, none of the drunk driving incidents resulted in accidents. Other records for the year included the increase in pine beetle infested trees within the town limits. In response to questions, Mack told the audience that the effect of the pest on town trees would be widespread.”We’re looking at a great mortality rate of the lodgepole pines,” he said. He went on to encourage homeowners to spray healthy trees to save as many as possible.
On a more optimistic note, Mack also addressed shrinking potential town flooding during this spring’s run-off.”If the weather conditions continue,” Mack told the crowd, “conditions are lessening for flooding.”
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