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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Erie Board of Trustees Action Items - June 13, 2017


Board Approves Several Actions Related to Oil & Gas Operations

During last night’s meeting, the Board met in Executive Session for a conference with the Town Attorney and Special Counsel for the purpose of receiving legal advice regarding oil and gas operations within and adjacent to the Town of Erie. After the Executive Session the Board approved the following motions:

  • Direct Special Counsel to work with our Town Attorney to bring the Board of Trustees an ordinance requiring mapping of flowlines and gathering lines within Town limits.
  • Direct Special Counsel to provide Crestone Peak Resources notice of a violation of the Operator Agreement related to noise.
  • Direct Special Counsel to determine if the Town has the legal authority to require the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to enforce rule 805 within the Town of Erie.

 Follow this link to view the Town of Erie’s Oil & Gas Operations page.

Board Presented with the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Town of Erie Finance Director Steve Felten presented the Board of Trustees with the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The audit of the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016, was performed by CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA). The CAFR is prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The objective of the audit performed by CLA was to provide assurance that the CAFR is in conformity with those standards in all material respects. CLA issued an unqualified opinion on the Town’s financials for 2016, a so-called "clean" opinion.

View the complete 2016 CAFR here.

Board Approves Supplemental Appropriations

The Board approved the 2017 Supplemental Appropriation Request for June which represents staff’s conservative and prudent estimates for providing ongoing, quality services to customers for 2017.

Revenues: The Supplemental Appropriation includes total revenues (inclusive of interfund transfers) amounting to $65.8 million, an increase of $10.4 million over the 2017 Adopted Budget. Accounting for the majority of this increase are debt proceeds related to the March Water Fund debt refunding, development-related taxes and fees, sales tax and grants.

Expenditures: The Supplemental Appropriation includes expenditures amounting to $87.0 million in all funds (of which $49.5 million are for capital expenditures). This represents an increase of $35.8 million in expenditures over the 2017 Adopted Budget, of which only $0.2 million are new requests. The majority of increases represent rollovers totaling $29.8 million from the 2016 budget for projects not completed at the end of 2016. In addition, there are $5.8 million in additions to the 2017 budget for expenditures already approved by the Board (primarily related to the March Water Fund bond refunding).

BACKGROUND: At least twice yearly, staff reviews the adopted budget and year-to-date actual revenues and expenditures. Based on these reviews, staff requests supplemental appropriations to update the budget to reflect actual revenues and expenditures of the prior and current year, year-to-date Board of Trustee actions, and projected revenues and expenditures for the remaining fiscal year.

View the 2017 Supplemental Appropriation #1 here.

Board Approves Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Study RFP

The Board of Trustees approved the publication of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Study to explore a variety of options to serve the Next Generation broadband services needs of the Erie community.  The Study will include: (1) a review of current assets and providers in the area; (2) identification of potential opportunities for partnership between the Town and these providers; and (3) a structured evaluation of business models for the Town to indirectly or directly or indirectly participate in the provisions of broadband services to the community.  The RFP will be release on June 23, 2017.

BACKGROUND: During the July 12, 2016, Board meeting, the Trustees considered options with regards to Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, the bill that prohibits local government supporting either directly or indirectly advanced telecom services to subscribers.  It was the Board’s determination to conduct a study in anticipation of putting a question to opt out of the restrictions of SB 05-152 on the April 2018 Ballot.

More Information & Upcoming Meetings

View complete June 13, 2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Packet here.

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the Town Hall boardroom located at 645 Holbrook Street in Erie.

Board of Trustees Action Items are brief summaries of some, but not all, agenda items and do not serve as the official meeting minutes. Select this link to view archived Board of Trustees meeting online via the On Demand Video service. To request approved meeting minutes of Board of Trustees meetings, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at

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