Potential property acquisition, financial planning documents, trail construction contract top Town Council’s Oct. 4 meeting agenda
The Town’s potential acquisition of the Cantril School building; the Town’s five-year financial and capital improvement plans; and a contract to complete the Colorado Front Range Trail within Castle Rock will be topics on Town Council’s Oct. 4 meeting agenda. View the full agenda online.
Here is a closer look:
- Cantril School building – The Douglas County School District has declared as surplus property the historic Cantril School building at 312 Cantril St. That means the building will be available for purchase on the open market.
The property, built in 1897, is on the National Register of Historic Places and for many years was the only school in Castle Rock. Town Council in an executive session Tuesday will discuss potentially purchasing the property to keep it in public use, in keeping with the Town priority of maintaining community character.
If pursued, the Town would engage the neighborhood to help determine the most appropriate uses for the school. The property is in need of renovations, which would occur over a several-year period.
- Five-year planning documents – Town Council Tuesday will consider the Town’s 2023-2027 Capital Improvement and Balanced Financial plans.
The Capital Improvement Plan presents planning for road, water and parks projects – and more – over the next five years. Projects for 2023 are budgeted, while projects for the outgoing years are subject to change based upon available financial resources.
The Balanced Financial Plan forecasts the Town’s resources for all of its operations over the next five years, including anticipated revenues and staffing additions. Planning over a longer period helps the Town ensure its initiatives planned for 2023 are financially sustainable.
Both documents are available at CRgov.com/2023Budget
- Colorado Front Range Trail – The Colorado Front Range Trail will ultimately connect communities from Wyoming to New Mexico. Castle Rock will serve as the trail’s southern crossroads, eventually connecting Douglas County with Denver via the Cherry Creek Regional Trail.
Town Council on Tuesday will consider a $7 million contract with Native Sun Construction to complete three segments of trail spanning a total of 5 miles to complete the project within Castle Rock. Segments would be constructed in Cobblestone Ranch, Terrain and Montaine under the contract.
A $2 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado will help fund the project, which is expected to be completed by fall 2023 if the contract is approved. Additional information is at CRgov.com/FrontRangeTrail.