Aug. 20 Council Preview

2020 Budget, Encore project top Town Council’s Aug. 20 agenda


An introduction of the Town’s Proposed 2020 Budget and consideration of the proposed Encore redevelopment project south of Town Hall are two major topics on Town Council’s Aug. 20 meeting agenda. View the full agenda online.

Town Council is scheduled to discuss or receive several other items, including a midyear report on the Town’s 2019 finances and the Town’s 2018 motor vehicle crash report. Town Council will also continue its conversation about potential changes to the Town’s Zoning Code. A study session will kick off at 5 p.m., with the Council meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

Here is a preview of a couple other items on Tuesday’s agenda:

  • Introduction of Proposed 2020 Budget – Per public feedback, the Town Manager’s Proposed 2020 Budget will continue prioritizing public safety, transportation and water initiatives. The $228 million budget will be introduced Tuesday. It includes three new Police Department positions, $10.6 million toward annual pavement maintenance, and water projects totaling more than $40 million. Numerous additional items – in parks and recreation and other departments – are included. View details at CRgov.com/2020budget.

    Town Council will provide feedback during Tuesday’s initial introduction prior to staff bringing the budget forward for formal adoption during September. The budget proposes decreasing water rates by .9% for the typical residential customer and increasing growth-related impact fees charged on new construction to the maximum supportable level beginning in 2020. (A phase-in of those fees through 2023 was initially planned, but strong growth has necessitated a more rapid implementation.) 

  • Consideration of proposed Encore revelopment project – New life could come to the area immediately south of Town Hall if Town Council approves several items related to the proposed Encore redevelopment. The key item is a redevelopment agreement in which Council is being asked to approve the Town sharing in the cost of the project in exchange for 308 public parking garage spaces and other amenities, including $900,000 to fund a Downtown railroad quiet zone. (If implemented, train engineers would no longer be required to regularly sound train horns through Downtown.)

    The Town’s Design Review Board on Wednesday approved the design for the seven-story building, which will have a mix of office, retail and residential uses – the latter in the form of 124 for-sale condos. If Council approves the redevelopment agreement, construction is anticipated to start this fall and to continue into 2021. The developer of the successful Riverwalk project just west of Town Hall would build Encore, which would feature a similar timeless design. Additional Town-purchased public amenities would include a new civic plaza between Town Hall and Encore, along with a roundabout at Wilcox and South streets. Learn more at CRgov.com/Encore.

Stay tuned

Town Council generally meets twice a month to make decisions that impact the community. Whether it’s a road project, construction contract or budget amendment, Town Council is working to represent you. 

Wondering what happens next? Keep an eye on your inbox. A follow-up email will be sent detailing the outcome of this meeting. Council meetings are open to the public and are generally held the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings are in Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St. Or, watch Council live at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil. Recordings are also posted online after the meeting.


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