Fraser moves forward with electric vehicle charging station |

Fraser moves forward with electric vehicle charging station

The town of Fraser approved expenditures for a new electric vehicle charging station at their regular meeting on Wednesday night. The approval is conditional, and reliant on the town receiving a $6,000 grant from Charge Ahead Colorado in association with the Colorado Energy Office, according to Town Manager Jeff Durbin.

The proposal calls for a level 2 charging station, though there was some debate among the Board of Trustees as to whether they should implement a level 3 station. The primary difference in the stations is voltage and charging rates, with level 3 being the best. Ultimately the board decided to go with the level 2. There is currently only one other level 2 station in the Fraser Valley, located at the Cooper Creek parking garage in Winter Park.

The initiative is meant to compliment the town’s goals of reducing greenhouse gasses by 20 percent below 2014 levels, and emphasizing a commitment to sustainability.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $11,500 for labor and equipment. Assuming Fraser is awarded a grant, the cost to the town would likely be around $5,250. Durbin said the town is currently in talks with Mountain Parks Electric about potentially funding part of the project. Mountain Parks Electric helped to fund charging stations in both Winter Park and Grand Lake.

The location for the proposed charging station hasn’t been decided yet, though Durbin noted several possibilities including Safeway, Fraser Valley Shopping Center and the Headwaters Trails Association building.

If the town is not awarded a grant from Charge Ahead Colorado the proposal will return to the Board of Trustees for discussion, according to Durbin. Mayoral Compensation

The board also approved a raise in mayoral compensation at the meeting, raising payment from $120 to $200 dollars per meeting. The raise also includes $75 that the mayor will receive for non-board meetings that the mayor is obligated to attend on behalf of the town, or is asked to attend by the Board of Trustees.

The ordinance will not take affect until 2020, and Mayor Philip Vandernail will not receive a raise for his services unless reelected.

A majority of the meeting was spent discussing the town’s new proposed land development codes. The update would mean a complete overhaul for the town. The town is inviting residents to attend a joint workshop between the Board of Trustees and the planning commission on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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