This month’s Coffee with Council features a stronger strength of discussion with a double shot of topics when it addresses capital improvement projects and the proposed property tax to fund fire/EMS services. The August edition is scheduled for Friday, August 9 from 7:30am to 9:00am.
The city plans and spend millions of dollars for capital improvement projects (CIP) annually. In 2019, 75 projects were vying for funding; however, only 32 were able to be funded. Find out how CIPs are selected each year and what goes into the city’s six-year CIP plan. From the general paving program to the purchase and implementation of new software to parks & recreation initiatives, understanding how capital improvement projects are prioritized provides an interesting insight to City Council’s funding philosophy.
The second topic has Councilman Scott Ford and other available council members chatting about Fire/EMS Funding. When council returns from its summer break, one of the first items of business will be the second reading of an ordinance to place a 2 mill property tax question on the ballot dedicated to Fire/EMS services. If the mill levy is approved, learn how this money will be spent and if this amount will address all the overall financial needs of the department for the future.
Coffee with Council sessions are typically held the second Friday of each month in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall (124 10th Street). The goal is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with city council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them. Other cities and towns in Colorado have also adopted this approach in order to increase interaction between council and community members, and to promote greater transparency in city business.
No RSVP is necessary, community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Gary Suiter, City Manager, 970.871.8240 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email