A few loose ends in the city of Arvada’s 2017 budget were tied up at the April 17 city council meeting. With a 6-0 vote, city council approved carryovers and the funding of one-time projects.
At the end of 2016, several projects/programs had been approved but not yet completed. To complete them, funds needed to be carried over from the 2016 budget to the 2017 budget, said Bryan Archer, director of finance for the City of Arvada. These items total $9.9 million.
Carryovers include $20,000 set aside for the still-delayedopening celebration of the RTD G-Line and $100,000 for legal and professional fees related to the Olde Town Transit Hub.
The police department also requested to carry over $164,136 into 2017 for various projects and specialty orders that are still in process: the completion of the fencing around the patrol cars parking lot, the intergovernmental agreement with the State of Colorado for document services, purchase of ballistic equipment for SWAT and completion of the Colorado Bureau of Investigationoffice reconfiguration. They will all be completed in 2017.
The water and wastewaterdepartments also requested to carry over more than $5 million for various projects still in progress.
Additionally, during the 2017-2018 budget process, city staff had identified and presented to city council a group of one-time items that, if the city had additional funds at the end of 2016, would be presented for approval at this time. This list, totaling $9.5 million, was reviewed again during the council’s January retreat.
Three million dollars to pay for the Arvada Police Delta Station topped the list. The Delta Station will be built in Northwest Arvada — a sector that covers West 96th to West 72nd avenues, and Kipling Avenue to the mouth of Coal Creek Canyon.
At a March 27 city council workshop, Arvada Police Chief Don Wick told council the department is prepared to pursue land acquisition and put out a bid out for a contractor as soon as possible. The station would ideally take eight months to build, with construction starting this summer for an operational station in 2018.
Another $3 million was also approved for street maintenance.
A new fund for street maintenance was also added to the 2017 budget. Archer pointed out that these are not new dollars, but are dollars from the general fund now specified for street maintenance expenditures.
The finance department will begine working on the 2018 budget this summer.