Winter Park will delay action on merger with Fraser until after election
February 6, 2008
A resolution to appoint a commission to explore the possible annexation of the town of Fraser to the town of Winter Park was discussed, then tabled by Winter Park Town Council members Tuesday night.
The resolution was one result of a joint session that took place between the towns on Jan. 10. At the session, both Fraser and Winter Park members agreed it was in their best interest to further explore annexation. Annexation was one of the four alternatives the Joint Working Group came up with in its year-long study that explored merging the two towns.
The commission would be made up of three commissioners from both town councils ” six total ” to find out what the legalities are in taking the decision for an annexation to a public vote. The commission requires a statute.
But Winter Park’s members decided to table the resolution to appoint a commission until after the town’s elections, since four Winter Park council members are up for election in April.
“We want to make sure that, if new council members are elected, that they’re still on board,” Town Council Member Chris Seemann explained after the meeting.
Seemann said the council also wants to see members from the community be part of the commission, instead of just elected officials.
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“I think we need to work on this more, work with Fraser, and wait until … after the election,” said Mayor Nick Teverbaugh.
Council members decided to forge ahead with the restroom project at Hideaway Park, which means the current restroom facility will be demolished at the beginning of March.
The restrooms are a five- to six-month project, and delaying the project would extend it into the next year, stated a letter by Brian Peterson, president of ECI Site Construction Management. Delaying the construction could also affect the quality of the entire park project, due to the colored concrete flatwork being poured.
By constructing the restrooms first, Peterson also feels the impact to the summer activities will be reduced. This year the park will be under some heavy construction, due to the demolition of existing structures and replacing them. The new climbing wall, for instance, has been designed and is planned for this summer, as well as a new picnic shelter.
Seemann said despite the construction, much of the park will be kept open this summer, including the skate park and the children’s park. The summer’s schedule of concerts will also take place as planned, and there will be temporary restrooms available.
Wildfire protection plan approved
Winter Park Town Council members approved a resolution to adopt the Upper Fraser Valley Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), which means town staff can get started on pursuing grants for fire mitigation.
The CWPP is available to view online on the town’s Web site, http://www.winterparkgov.com. The town staff is working toward making the download easier, they added, since the document, which is more than 100 pages, takes a long time to download.