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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Ballot questions for Joint Public Safety Facility to be mailed today

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BALLOT QUESTIONS SEEKING APPROVAL OF AVON JOINT PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY,
EDWARDS FIRE STATION AND FIRE TRAINING FACILITY TO BE MAILED APRIL 11TH

For Immediate Release | Date: April 11, 2016
Contact: Tracy LeClair
ERFPD Community Risk Manager/PIO
970-471-5284 | tleclair@eagleriverfire.org
or
Preston Neill
Executive Assistant to the Town Manager
970-748-4404 | pneill@avon.org

AVON, CO –The Town of Avon and Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD) have joined efforts to construct a Joint Public Safety Facility at Buck Creek Lot 1B, located at Nottingham Road and Swift Gulch Road, just north of the I-70 interchange. Two separate ballot questions seeking approval for funding of a Joint Public Safety Facility are being mailed today to registered voters as part of a May 3, 2016 special election. The funding is being requested to construct a 26,700 square foot building that would serve as a new home for the Avon Police Department and also function as a regional station for ERFPD. Both the Town and ERFPD aim to build facilities that will address current service capabilities and anticipated growth through the next 50-plus years. The proposed Joint Public Safety Facility would improve response times and accommodate the relocation of the District’s 100 ft. ladder truck to the urban core. Town of Avon and ERFPD registered voters must return ballots no later than May 3rd.

Town of Avon Ballot Question
The Town of Avon’s ballot question seeks approval for the Town to issue Certificates of Participation (COPs) in an amount up to $6.5 million to construct a new Avon Police Station. The funding is proposed in a 20-year debt issue, payable from existing taxes, with annual debt service averaging $413,224 per year. No new taxes or tax increases are required for the new debt issue. Avon voters may return their ballots either by Postal Service or by dropping them off at Avon Town Hall, located at One Lake Street in Avon, no later than 7:00pm on May 3rd.

ERFPD Ballot Question
ERFPD’s ballot question, Ballot A, seeks approval for ERFPD to issue $25 million in general obligation bonds to replace outdated and undersized facilities. The bond issue will be used to implement the District’s critical facility plan, which includes relocating and enlarging the Avon Fire Station to improve response times throughout ERFPD’s regional service area as well as facilitating the relocation of the District’s ladder truck to the urban core. The funding would also be used to rebuild the aging Edwards fire station and to construct a much-needed Fire Training Facility. ERFPD voters may return their ballots either by Postal Service or by dropping them off at ERFPD Administrative Offices, located at 90 Benchmark Road, Suite 101 in Avon, no later than 7:00pm on May 3rd.

A Factual Summary about the project and ballot questions is available on both entities websites: www.erfpd.org and www.avon.org. Referenced in the Factual Summary is a Traffic Impact Evaluation that was completed prior to final selection of the Buck Creek site. The findings of the study projected that Nottingham, Buck Creek and Swift Gulch Roads will maintain a level of service that does not require new traffic signalization or a roundabout. Planning for the proposed facility has retained all needed land area to construct traffic signalization and a roundabout, if desired in the future. The Traffic Impact Evaluation can be viewed at www.avon.org/trafficstudy.

If you are interested in taking a tour of the facilities of either the Avon Police Department or Avon Fire Station, or if you have questions, please contact:
• Avon Police Chief Robert Ticer, 970-748-4040, rticer@avon.org
• Fire Chief Karl Bauer, 970-748-9665, kbauer@eagleriverfire.org

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