Fowler Tribune - Fowler, CO
  • Park School renovation a go, despite not being fully funded

  • The town of Fowler is looking at renovating the former Park School to house Town Hall and other town departments. The Board of Trustees approved moving ahead with the project, despite funding not being 100 percent secured. Phase one begins April 2011.

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  • At a special town council meeting held Monday night, trustees approved the contract for the Park School renovation, despite the fact that the project is not 100 percent funded.
    Trustee Chuck Hitchcock asked Town Administrator Wayne Snider if the project is fully funded.
    “No, it is not fully funded,” said Snider.
    However, Snider is confident the additional funding required to complete the project will be available, with no additional matching funds from the town being required.
    Phase one of the project, which will begin in April 2011, will include new windows, restrooms, doors, fire sprinklers, geo thermal devices and exterior trim.
    Hitchcock asked if the completion of phase one would allow for town hall occupancy.
    Tim Stroh, architect for the project, said no, town hall offices would not begin until phase two of the project. No date for phase two was confirmed.
    In 2008, when the idea of this project began, the town of Fowler trustees resolved to commit $180,000 to the project and stand firm on that monetary amount.
    In other business, trustees approved the sale of the three police cars to Ronnie Rein. Rein submitted the highest bids of $400 for the 1996, $525 for the 1997 and $350 for the 2000.
    Trustees voted unanimously to approve the liquor license renewal for CJ’s Grizzly Creek.
    Trustees voted to allow the utility board to appoint a representative to the Colorado Rural Water Association board.
    Snider was appointed as representative for Otero County Landfill and Otero Partners Inc. with Ronnie Rein being appointed as alternate representative.
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