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Council tackles park projects, grant applications

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — During its Jan. 21 meeting, City Council awarded a bid for the Benedict Park skate spot and gave its approval for Parks and Recreation Director Gary Wardle to submit three open space grant applications to Adams County.

 

Council unanimously accepted a match grant from Great Outdoors Colorado for the Benedict Park Skate Spot, with GOCO covering 55 percent of the cost — $33,000 — and the city of Brighton contributing 45 percent ($27,000) toward the match grant. Following the approval of the match grant, council unanimously awarded a contract up to $100,065 for the project to Colorado Designscapes, Inc.

“We’ll use $60,000 of the grant proceeds and then we have the additional $41,000 which the city will provide in funding to finish the landscaping around the edge of the skate spot,” Wardle said and explained the $60,000 covers the concrete work and the additional $41,000 covers the irrigation, landscaping and benches.

Wardle anticipated having the contract signed within the next 10 days, with construction to begin in February. The parks and recreation department is planning for the splash pad and the skate park to have a Memorial Day opening. 

Council also gave its approval for Wardle to submit Adams County Open Space grants to help fund three different projects. 

A mini-grant in the amount of $5,000 is being sought to renovate the memorial at Veterans Park off of Highway 7. Boy Scout Zane DeLuccie has chosen to renovate the memorial as part of his Eagle Scout project. DeLuccie said his brother joined the Marines in 2006 and this project is inspired by him.

“I was 9 years old at that time and looked up to him, he’s like a role model, and that had a really big effect on my life,” he said. 

DeLuccie said there’s a boulder at the park that has been in place for the past 30 years and that it’s time for a renovation. The renovated memorial would include a concrete Veterans Memorial, a living wall backdrop constructed with shrubs, some benches, a flag pole, sidewalk, irrigation work, along with donor and city signage.

“It’s originally a $42,000 project, however, with the donations that I have in labor, materials and pledges, we have it down to $9,000,” he said. 

He anticipates the project will get started on June 3 and finish around June 24. 

Councilwoman Joan Kniss said DeLuccie talked about his brother being a role model, but she thinks he’s a role model as well.

“What I appreciate is sometimes when people have to do a project to get a badge or an honor, they might not put their whole heart into it, but I appreciate what you’ve done. You’ve gone above and beyond what you need to do,” she said.

Councilman Ken Kreutzer also congratulated DeLuccie on choosing such a great project. He said he remembered the morning his son left for the Army and that he’s a veteran now. He was honored that the grant proposal would be the first motion he made on council. 

Mayor Dick McLean said council used to be notified when servicemen came back and that they would have a ceremony for them. He said council needs to take up that program again. 

Wardle will also be submitting a grant for the landscaping portion of the Bromley-Hishinuma Historic Farm Project. He said the project will include bringing in all of the utilities, reconstructing the entrance drive which was tree-lined, looking at plazas between the barn and house for demonstrations as part of the living farm, parking lots for people to access the site and then making some demonstration gardens and cutting gardens just east of the house.

“All of the landscaping will be done as it was in the 1880s and 90s when Mr. Bromley was there,” he said. “We’ll do the appropriate research to make sure that it does match, as close as it can, to the historic landscape.”

Wardle said the total cost of the project is $695,500, and that the Adams County Open Space grant application would cover 60 percent of the funding – or $417,300 –  and the city would pay a 40 percent match. If the grant comes through, the project would take place in 2015 with the city’s portion included in the 2015 budget.

The city currently has $40,000 allocated in the 2014 budget to complete the final master plan for landscaping and to have the construction drawings completed. 

The city is also looking to acquire a piece of property near 144th Avenue and Patomac, where the Pleasant Plains Schoolhouse is located. Wardle will be submitting a $204,000 grant application to Adams County Open Space which would cover 60 percent of the total cost of the property. The city would contribute $136,000 to the acquisition, which was a budgeted expense for this year.

He said about $20,000 of the cost is due diligence, which would include the appraisal, survey, environmental and mineral assessments and an existing site survey.

“We’ll move forward with this in the near future, with anticipation of the grant being approved in the spring,” he said. 

Wardle said the Ag Land Preservation Committee is discussing potential uses for the property and the Historic Preservation Commission which will be conducting a site assessment on the property.