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Briefs Mt. Crested Butte

Accepting bids for Rec Path completion

Mt. Crested Butte received three bids for the completion of the rec path, which the town hopes to complete this summer: Lacy Construction Company for $1,660,569.75, United Construction Company for $2,307,837 and Spallone Construction for $2,307,837.

All three bids were significantly larger than the engineer’s estimate of $1.3 million. The good news, according to town manager Joe Fitzpatrick, is that the town has the funds for the added expense. Next up, a detailed review of the bids.

Building revenues on the up and up

Karl Trujillo, town finance director, told the council that building revenues are doing well in 2016, collecting $135,000 through avenues such as the use tax, building permits, and design review. “We have collected as much as we collected all of last year,” Trujillo said.

Supportive of Crested Butte’s roundabout idea

Crested Butte town planner Michael Yerman updated the council on Crested Butte’s plans to pursue funding for and construct a roundabout at the intersection of Red Lady Avenue and Highway 135. The hope is to start engineering in 2020 and construction in 2022.

He was not yet asking for a formal letter of support but did ask that councilmembers support the project at regional transportation planning meetings. They seemed supportive of the project.

Councilmember David O’Reilly urged Yerman to attend CDOT meetings in person. “You need to be at the table so people recognize who Michael Yerman is, you’re ready and so CDOT knows that you’re really interested in this project and it needs to happen. We’re there to support you.”

By Alissa Johnson

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