Town Administrator's Weekly Update
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Town Administrator          September 9, 2019

Sustainability Master Plan Workshop
Advisory board members and several staff attended a workshop to discuss priorities and strategies for implementing the Erie Sustainability Master Plan. Lotus Engineering will incorporate the results of this, and future events into a final recommendation for the Board of Trustees.

Electric Vehicle
The Town recently leased an electric vehicle (EV) to replace an existing traditional vehicle that had come to the end of its useful life. Staff estimates this EV will save Erie tax payers about $7,000 over the life of the vehicle, due to lower operating and maintenance costs.

An EV requires less maintenance because the motor has fewer moving, and other parts compared to an internal combustion engine. For example, there are no pistons,  gas tank, carburetor, timing belt, exhaust system, spark plugs, engine oil to change, antifreeze, etc.

The Town plans to lease or buy more of these vehicles in the future. Thanks in part to the Erie Sustainability Advisory Board for their research and recommendations on EVs.
Economic Development

Economic Development

The Erie ED Team met with three of Castle Rock's non-profit Economic Development organizations (Downtown Merchants, Economic Development Council and Downtown Alliance) to discuss strategies/projects that have helped them be successful. The Erie ED Team will apply relevant strategies to help the Town. You can see a PowerPoint that Director of the State Demography Office Elizabeth Garner prepared highlighting population and economic trends in Colorado here.  

Metal detector Training

Police

Sergeant Kevin Jamison provided metal detector training to 20 interested community members near 13 Trees.  The class was hosted by the Erie Historical Foundation. 

Deputy Chief Lee Mathis hosted a meeting with 11 of our community members in order to hear the community’s views on our 2020 Strategic Plan.  Bill Gippe was present wearing three hats:  first as a Board of Trustee member, second as a community member and third as a Volunteer in Police Services.

Erie PD is now accepting applications for new police hires (from a law enforcement academy) or lateral hires.  We need to fill three positions.
Tales and Ales

Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation staff are Connecting You to Fun this week by holding our third annual Tails & Ales on Saturday, Sept 14th! Come and enjoy a family-friendly yappy hour with your doggo at Erie’s Boneyard Dog Park! The event includes food trucks, a beer garden, dog competitions and more!
 
The Erie Community Center pool and family cabanas are open! Come make a splash with us this week!

Push frame removed

Public Works

Three of our Monroe Plows had major push frame hardware issues last season. Fortunately we were able to limp them along until the last storm. This summer we had the chance to tear them down and rebuild all three push frames. 

The process included separating the two major components: fabricating and welding in six bushings, replacing all of the push frame hardware and designing a safety chain system to keep the lower lift arm from engaging the ground during a trunnion failure (this greatly reduces the chance of major truck frame and plow frame damage and increases operator safety).


Better Together Workshop

Disaster Resilience

Boulder County is hosting Better Together Disaster Resilience Workshops in September and October.  The workshops strive to empower the community to deal with personal crises and the impacts of natural hazards.

The goal of the classes is to strengthen our collective capacities through disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in order to create overall disaster resilience. Registration is required and space is limited, so sign up today: www.boco.org/bettertogether

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