Fraser board reverses Cornerstone default
February 8, 2008
The ordinance declaring Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings under default was negated Wednesday night by the Fraser board of trustees.
The board passed an ordinance to negate the ordinance passed at the Jan. 23 meeting declaring the developer under default for not providing financial surety in the amount of $316,181. The surety was received by the town three days after that meeting, said Mayor Fran Cook.
Decision to appoint commission tabled
A resolution to appoint a commission that would explore the possibility of annexing the town of Fraser into the town of Winter Park was tabled by the board Wednesday night ” for the same reason given by Winter Park’s town council members.
“I don’t know why we didn’t think of this (earlier), but how can we appoint a commission in February when we’re having an election in April?” asked Cook, chuckling.
The commission would be made up of three elected officials from each town, but with elections coming up in April, both towns decided to wait until after the elections to see who those elected officials may be.
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FroDo project gets go-ahead
The board of trustees discussed Fraser’s downtown project and decided to move forward with its plans to purchase the property.
The property, which is surrounded by Zerex and Doc Susie streets, and Eastom and Fraser avenues, has been on the market various times, but in the past, Fraser’s board of trustees has been hesitant in getting involved in the market.
Wednesday night, however, the board asked Town Finance Manager Nat Havens to put together all the options for financing, and to bring those forward at the next meeting, Cook said. The town currently has a lease purchase agreement the property.
Since the lease agreement expires in March, “We have to decide which way the frog is going to jump,” Cook said.
Annexation eligibility hearing for Byers Peak Ranch
The annexation eligibility hearing for the Byers Peak Ranch property was certified Wednesday.
The property was not annexed, explained Town Planner Catherine Trotter, but the board approved the land as eligible for annexation under state statute. The next step will be based on the submittal of an annexation agreement and zoning documents by Byers Peak Ranch, she added.
Once those submittals are in hand, the town will hold public hearings about the annexation. Dates for those hearings have not been determined at this time.
Update on recycling ” nothing new
Town Manager Jeff Durbin stated in a report that on Monday that he met with other jurisdictions to review any questions regarding the final recycling program’s request for proposal (RFP).
A pre-bid conference is scheduled for today, and proposals are due on Feb. 21. Durbin stated he hopes to have a report on the feasibility of the proposals on March 5.
Durbin added he has been working with Winter Park Town Manager David Torgler and Liz McIntyre about possible solutions for recycling in Winter Park and Fraser, and remarked that there may recently have been some more positive developments.
“I remain hopeful that we can find a workable solution,” he wrote.
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