Dillon Town Council to assess recreational needs of residents
The Dillon Town Council on Tuesday discussed moving forward on the Town Park Master Plan, reviewing town fees, expanding the liquor license for the Lake Dillon Theatre and working out an agreement for parks and open space management with the Lake Dillon Condominiums.
The next step for the Town Park Master Plan is here. The council voted to approve the hiring of Ceres+, a company with offices in Silverthorne and Eagle, to act as a consultant in the creation of the plan.
“They’ll be doing a survey of the community,” town manager Joe Wray said. “They will be reviewing what are the current needs for Town Park as far as recreational amenities.”
The Ceres+ fee will not amount to more than the $30,000 the council budgeted for this purpose, Wray said.
The consulting process will include at least two public forums to discuss the park, said Scott Sones, a principal with Ceres+. The first will be held in early June.
“We’re trying to get the whole county involved, not just Dillon residents,” Sones said. “We want everybody and anybody. We’re looking to listen to people, what their sense is, their vision for the park. Then we’ll go through our design process, and then we’ll have a second public forum meeting.”
Dillon’s Town Park is located near Dillon Town Hall along the north side of Buffalo Street, between Lake Dillon Drive and LaBonte Street. The park currently has four public tennis courts, a playground, bocce ball courts, a baseball field, a picnic shelter with grills, restrooms, a volleyball court and walking trails.
“This is something that’s been identified for many years through many different studies as far as the value of having a town park where citizens and all groups can come for recreational and social activities,” Wray said. “This is the first step in bringing forward some improvements that have been greatly needed.”
The council reviewed changing existing fees in and adding fees to the town municipal code.
“Staff and council are constantly reviewing the fees that we charge for services (to see) that they have a direct correlation for what the costs are,” Wray said. “We justify the fees directly to what is the impact cost.”
Additions include fees to lease space on the town’s front entrance sign for a six-month period and on the directional signage on Lake Dillon Drive for a one-year period. Such fees have not been included in previous fee schedules.
A $10 daily fee for use of electric-car recharging hookups has been added in order to accommodate vehicles that need to be charged on a daily basis. The fee covers electrical usage costs and the equipment the town installed for this purpose.
The marina changed and added fees for slip transfers, winterizing motors and storage, among others services.
The council approved the first reading of the fee changes. The second reading and a public hearing will take place at the council’s next meeting on June 3.
Liquor and land-maintenance agreements
During the meeting, the council briefly adjourned and convened as the Local Licensing Authority to review an application from the Lake Dillon Theatre.
The theater requested an expansion of the boundaries of its liquor license, which currently is restricted to the inside of the building, to include the outside seating area in front of the building. The expansion was approved and the authority then reconvened as the town council.
Finally, the council approved entering into a maintenance agreement with the Lake Dillon Condominiums. The agreement will allow the condominiums to install and maintain improvements in the park and open-space land that adjoins the condominium property. This includes landscaping, irrigation, sod and trees.
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