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Fraser OKs task force to explore future housing projects

The Fraser Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to approve a Community Housing Task Force, which will operate separately from the current housing roundtable and be responsible for identifying potential properties for development, making housing recommendation to the board, developing strategy and reviewing policy.

The task force will be comprised of trustees, housing experts and representatives from the business and development field. It will be led by a series of expert facilitators to guide the group in a design and financial capacity.

The board appropriated $500,000 toward community housing in its 2018 budget to address a lack of available workforce housing, a major limiting factor in economic growth for the town.

The task force is meant to be results-oriented, with an emphasis on deliverables. In that vein, the group will provide monthly progress reports to the board and is expected to present specific recommendations for action by July.

“We need a strategy for implementation so that we’re not just thinking at the problem,” said Jeff Durbin, Fraser town manager.

Board reviews compensation for elected officials

Fraser’s town board also discussed at its regular meeting Wednesday the possibility of raising the compensation for elected officials. Each trustee currently earns $100 per board meeting, while the mayor makes $140 per board meeting.

Neither the mayor nor the board can vote to give themselves a raise, meaning if a change in compensation does happen it will only affect new or reelected members.

The trustees analyzed the payment of board members from similar communities around Colorado, but failed to see a pattern as compensation for similar work ranged from no pay in some towns to annual salaries over $90,000 in other areas.

The board discussed what to base compensation on between population size, assessed valuation, budget or some combination of the three. The trustees also discussed the possibility of compensating members for work done on subcommittees, though no specific numbers were given.

Talks were continued, and the issue will likely be resolved sometime in February.

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