Introduction of the Proposed 2021 Budget, initial steps for improvements at the Four Corners intersection and the Pine Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant Site Location Application top Town Council’s Aug 18 meeting agenda
The introduction of the Proposed 2021 Budget, a resolution approving an Intergovernmental Agreement to begin design and construction of the Four Corners Intersection Improvement Project and a resolution opposing the new Pine Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant Site Location Application are all topics on Town Council’s Aug. 18 meeting agenda. View the full agenda online.
Here is a more in-depth look at those topics:
- Introduction of the Proposed 2021 Budget – Per public feedback, the Town Manager’s Proposed 2021 Budget will continue prioritizing transportation, water initiatives and public safety. The $229.8 million budget will be introduced Tuesday. It includes $56.7 million in transportation investments and water rights and infrastructure projects totaling more than $54 million. Numerous additional items – in parks and recreation, police and other departments – are included. Castle Rock Water rates are recommended to stay the same for 2021. System development fees paid by new development for water are recommended to increase 4.9%. View details at CRgov.com/2021Budget.
Town Council will provide feedback during Tuesday’s initial introduction prior to staff bringing the budget forward for formal adoption in September.
- Resolution approving an agreement to begin design and construction of the Four Corners Intersection Improvement Project – Town Council will be asked to approve a resolution establishing an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Town and the Colorado Department of Transportation for the design and construction of the Four Corners Intersection Improvement Project. The project consists of improvements at Founders Parkway, State Highway 86, Fifth Street and Ridge Road, also known as the Four Corners. A federal grant was awarded as part of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program. CDOT will oversee the federal process to administer the funds, and the Town will complete the design and construction.
The project will improve the operation of the intersection and help minimize traffic congestion during peak traffic hours. Funding for the design and right of way acquisition is included in the Town’s Capital Improvement Program budget.
- Resolution opposing the Pine Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant Site Location Application – Town Council will be presented the results of a detailed review of the Pine Canyon Water & Sanitation District Water Reclamation Facility Site Location Application. Council will also be asked to approve a resolution recommending denial of the application by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The developer of Pine Canyon has submitted a site location application to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requesting a permit for a new wastewater treatment plant to serve the proposed development.
Pine Canyon consists of approximately 540 acres in unincorporated Douglas County. The property extends on both sides of Interstate 25 between the railroad tracks west of the Interstate and Founders Parkway on the east.
A thorough review of the application by an independent consultant and legal counsel revealed several concerns. Those concerns include a discharge of treated wastewater into East Plum Creek at a proposed location immediately upstream of several Castle Rock drinking water wells; a lack of funding and structure for a proposed water and sanitation district; and the environmental, noise and odor impacts of constructing and operating a wastewater treatment plant in the middle of Castle Rock.
Also on the agenda, Councilmember Jess Loban will receive a proclamation recognizing his service on Town Council. Loban announced his resignation at the July 21 meeting. Council will discuss how to address the District 1 vacancy until the November election. Loban’s resignation is effective Aug. 31. District 1 encompasses western portions of The Meadows.
Town Council will also receive a report summarizing the volunteer hours contributed to the Town. In 2019, more than 2,279 volunteers assisted multiple departments by contributing nearly 48,000 hours of service. Typically, volunteer support ranges from one-time services such as trash pickup and trail maintenance, to the ongoing support of Castle Rock Police Department’s Community Safety Volunteers.