2New City Council Takes The HelmOn April 20, a new City Council took the helm of the City Government.Mayor Ken Henry was re-elected to a second two-year term in officeand Councilor Lori Buck was elected to a second four-year term. BobFuller and Bruce Bonar were also elected to four-year terms on the CityCouncil. These four individuals will join current members Mel Mulder,Stacey Mascarenas, and Terry Moss on the City Council. The CityCouncil is the governing body of the community. While it is clearlycomprised of individual members, the Council strives to work as a teamto set and maintain a positive course for the community. Over the nextseveral months, the City Council will undertake an extensive goal settingexercise that will establish both short-term and long-term priorities forthe community. This crucial process will be instrumental in keepingFruita a great place to live.Little Salt Wash ParkAfter four years of project phasing and construction, the completion forthe Little Salt Wash Park is getting closer. This past year, the City of Fruitahas invested additional resources into improving the park by adding twonew bathroom facilities (one with a covered shelter), a new playgroundwith canopy, a concrete courtyard area with two new planters, additionallandscaping along trails and walkways, and to top it off - three newflagpoles. Current Little Salt Wash Park amenities include:• Multipurpose playing fields• Three Little League baseball/softball fields andone regulation field with a grass infield• Two bathroom buildingsfive individual bathrooms in each building• Two playgrounds• 9-Hole Disc Golf Course• Walking trail• Parking lotThe City is planning to improve the park even further this year. Sheltersbetween fields 1 through 3 and next to the north bathroom facility are inthe construction plans. The strip of land on the east end of the parkinglot will be landscaped with trees and shrubs, and a pedestrian bridge fromthe park to the Wildwood Subdivision will be built; further connecting ourcommunity with trails.With this full service park, the City has been able to expand the recreationalprograms and opportunities offered to the community. Last fall, theParks and Recreation Department offered youth soccer and adult kickballprograms for the first time in Fruita. The fall youth flag football games werealso hosted at Little Salt Wash Park. This spring, Fruita Little League is in itsthird season at the park and soccer is enjoying a second successful season ofGOOOOAAAALS.In 2009 and 2010, the City will have invested approximately $900,000 inthe Little Salt Wash Park. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) provided$600,000 in grant funds for the three different phases of construction at thepark, as well as an additional $200,000 grant towards the construction ofthe bathrooms. All in all, Little Salt Wash Park has become a very beautifuland impressive amenity that the community can enjoy and be proud of. Nowonder it has become Fruita’s most-used park!Water Treatment Facility Construction UpdateThe new advanced wastewater treatment facility is now six monthsinto construction and there are visual signs of structures taking form.The $22.8 million wastewater treatment facility began constructionon November 5, 2009. The project is being funded through theissuance of bonds by the Colorado Water and Power Authority who,in turn, is loaning funds to the City at a 2.5% interest rate over 22years.While this project is progressing smoothly now, it got off to a rockystart when, on October 30, 2009, the EPA issued an unfunded federalmandate that this project must pay “Davis Bacon” or “prevailingwages” as is governed by the Department of Labor. Although thisproject was already under contract, this last minute federal mandateincreased the cost of the project by over $960,000. To help offset theadditional costs resulting from the Davis Bacon wage requirements,the project team worked together to cut over $615,000 from theproject. The remaining $345,000 was taken from contingency. Asthe project continues, the project team is continuing to providesuggestions to reduce the costs of the plant. The construction projectis expected to be complete by no later than January 2012.Councilor Nick Kohls Steps DownAfter eight years of service on the Fruita City Council, NickKohls stepped down from office on April 20th. Due to term limitrestrictions, Councilor Kohls was unable to seek a third term. Duringhis tenure on the City Council and two years’ worth of service onthe Planning Commission, Councilor Kohls oversaw tremendousgrowth and change in Fruita.Nick was heavily involved in the creation and adoption of boththe 2001 and the 2008 Community Plans, the development andimprovement of the City’s trails and parks systems (includingLittle Salt Wash Park), and numerous street projects includingimprovements on Highways 6 & 50 and 340.Nick was on the Council that retired the City’s large street bonddebt, approved the developments of the Kokopelli Shopping areaand Greenway Business Park, and acquired the Snooks Bottom openspace. He was a very strong advocate for the construction of a newCommunity Center and worked with Mesa County School District51 to bring two new schools to the community. Nick worked to keepthe City fiscally responsible through a boom and bust economiccycle, and most importantly, took steps daily to help ensure thatFruita would maintain its small town atmosphere, or as he calls it,an “our town” atmosphere. Many of Fruita’s successes over the lastseveral years are due largely to Nick’s leadership. Although he plansto stay active in the community, Nick will certainly be missed on theFruita City Council.CDOT Uses Stimulus Dollars For New Traffic LightConstruction on Highway 340 has been underway for the past coupleof months and has included road capacity and safety improvements,but perhaps most noticeable is the installation of a new traffic signalat the intersection of Cherry Street and Aspen Avenue. This projectwas completed by the Colorado Department of Transportation(CDOT) and was funded entirely through the American Recoveryand Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which provided much neededemployment for some Western Slope workers and will greatly improvethe transportation system in Fruita for years to come.The City of Fruita partnered with CDOT to design the road wideningand traffic signal improvements as a continuation of the roundaboutsproject that was completed by CDOT in 2008. This partnership andplanning effort allowed the project to qualify as a “shovel ready” projectso that it could be awarded ARRA funding for construction. The Cityof Fruita would like to thank CDOT for their continued partnershipwith Fruita on these critical infrastructure construction projects.
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Fruita Community Center UpdateNow that we are five months into construction and the walls are goingup, do you have a question about the new Fruita Community Center?Well, here are some FAQs (frequently asked questions) that the city hasreceived so far.Question: Has the winter weather delayed construction and when will theFruita Community Center open?Answer: Yes, we have had a very wet, cold winter by Fruita standards, andas a result, construction is running about a week behind. Both the Cityand FCI Constructors are working very hard to get the project back ontrack and it is still estimated that the Center will be opening in January2011.Question: Is the existing outdoor pool going to be open this summer?Answer: Unfortunately, because construction is taking place in such closeproximity to the existing outdoor pool, we won’t have access to it thissummer. The City is taking advantage of this time to renovate the outdoorpool while building the new Community Center. New mechanical systems(pumps, filters, piping), pool decking, plaster and tiles will all be in placefor summer 2011. Access to the outdoor pool will be included with theprice of admission to the Fruita Community Center.Question: How much will it cost to use the Fruita Community Center?Answer: There will be a variety of fee options for both Fruita residents andnon-residents; everything from daily admission prices to 20-punch passesto annual memberships. See the admission and pass rates schedule below.(These are the same fees that were established in the 2008 feasibility studyand promoted during the November 2008 election.)Question: When will I be able to start buying passes to the CommunityCenter?Answer: The City anticipates selling passes in November or Decemberof 2010. In the meantime, staff has been preparing for the Center’s newoperations, including converting to a new recreation management softwaresystem called RecTrac. The software will track passes and admissions tothe Community Center as well as take program registrations and schedulefacility usage. The really great feature of this new software is that you willbe able to register for a program or renew a facility pass online at no extracharge.Fruita Community Center Daily Admission and Pass RatesDaily Admission Fruita Residents and Non-ResidentsChild (3-9) $3.00Youth (10-17) $4.00Adult (18+) $6.00Senior (65+) $5.0020 Punch Pass Fruita Resident Non-ResidentChild (3-9) $ 54.00 $ 57.00Youth (10-17) $ 72.00 $ 76.00Adult (18+) $108.00 $114.00Senior (65+) $ 90.00 $ 95.00Annual Pass Fruita Resident Non-ResidentChild (3-9) $180.00 $195.00Youth (10-17) $240.00 $260.00Adult (18+) $360.00 $390.00Senior (65+) $300.00 $325.00Family $645.00 $700.00Question: Is the project staying within the budget?Answer: Yes, currently the project is within the budget. The constructioncosts are estimated at $11,150,000 (including the outdoor poolrenovation). The amount approved by City voters was $15 million. Inaddition to very favorable bid prices, $1,999,605 has been raised in grantsand donations.Question: Are there any new jobs with Fruita Community Center?Answer: Yes, the City will be hiring five new full-time staff members tomanage, program, and operate the facility. The City will also be hiringanywhere from 40 to 60 part-time positions to teach fitness classes, guardthe pools, and work the front desk and child care room.Question: Remind me; what is going to be available in the Fruita CommunityCenter?Answer: The 51,689 square foot Community Center will offer a widevariety of recreational activities and areas. It will be the first of its kind inMesa County. Features of the Center will include:• Indoor lap/leisure pool with pool party room (10,903 square feet)• Indoor playground (755 square feet)• Gymnasium/ Indoor running track (14,112 square feet)• Senior Center and catering kitchen (2,096 square feet)• Child sitting room (884 square feet)• Multipurpose meeting rooms (3,063 square feet)• Wellness areas/Aerobics/dance room (6,099 square feet)• Locker rooms (3,125 square feet)• Lobby and staff offices (3,388 square feet)• Hallways, closets, etc. (7,264 square feet)• Renovation of existing outdoor poolIn addition to these areas, Mesa County Public Library is partneringwith the City of Fruita to build a new 6,600 square foot Fruita BranchLibrary in the new Community Center. Funding for the constructionand operations of the new branch library will be provided by the LibraryDistrict. The new branch library will be approximately four times as bigas the current library and will add greatly to this facility.If you have any more questions about the Fruita Community Centerdesign, progress of construction, or eventual operations, please contactthe Fruita Parks and Recreation Department at 858-0360.7
June 3 • Stray GrassBluegrassJune 10 • Hard PressedOld-time string band & AmericanaJune 17 • Flat Top ReedRockin' BluesJune 24 • Sweet Sunny SouthBluegrassJuly 1 • Centennial BandAmericana • Ice Cream Social with City CouncilJuly 8 • Finders & YoungbergOld TimeJuly 15 • Pineapple CrackersHawaiian Roots ReggaeJuly 22 • Clean SlateClassic Rock and R&BJuly 29 • King N TrioOriginals and ClassicsAugust 5 • The Swamp CoolersPopular FavoritesAugust 12 • Ralph DinosaurRockTHURSDAY NIGHTCONCERT SERIESat the civic center pavillionIn case of inclement weather call 639-4206 to find out if the concert has been cancelled.Medical MarijuanaDispensariesAt the April 6, 2010 municipal election, the votersof Fruita approved a new 5% tax on medicalmarijuana that is sold at dispensaries in the Citylimits. This new tax will be applied in additionto the current sales tax rates. The measure passedwith 59 percent of the voters supporting the taxand 36 percent opposing the tax. Currently, thereare no dispensaries located in the City limits. Inanticipation of an application for a dispensarybeing submitted, in November of 2009 the CityCouncil passed a strict ordinance that dictateswhere dispensaries can be located, mandates safetyprecautions such as police background checks onemployees, and requires that a public hearing beheld in front of the City Council prior to openingso that the needs and concerns of the communitycould be heard. In addition, the November 2009ordinance states that if the State of Coloradoadopts stricter rules than the City, the stricter ofthe two sets of rules will apply. Although the Citydoes not have a moratorium on medical marijuanadispensaries, we remain the only City in the GrandValley that has yet to have a dispensary locate inthe community.Presort Std.US PostagePAIDGrand Jct., COPermit No.34325 E. Aspen AvenueFruita, Colorado 81521www.fruita.org