Forum set Monday for Holiday Island improvement plan

Monday, September 25, 2006

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- It's budget time again, and the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners (BOC) will hold a Capital Improvements Program (CIP) forum Monday night at its monthly business meeting.

The CIP is prepared in five-year increments. Next year's CIP will cover from 2007 to 2011.

District Manager Kevin Crosson will be presenting the first draft at the meeting.

There are no major surprises in the draft CIP, but costs have risen significantly. The 2007 total is projected at $4,247,617, compared to this year's projection of $739,095. But $3.3 million of next year's figure is for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade, for which the district has received state loan approval. Crosson said the project is expected to take 18 months, but the total is being expensed in its first year.

One 2007 proposal that may be encouraging to Recreation Center proponents is a start on an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Crosson will propose the BOC fund $40,000 to develop a preliminary plan. This is in keeping with the "Facilities Review of the Recreation Complex" report developed by Morrison Architecture in 2004. Although the pool and fitness center project is timelined for 2011 in the Morrison report, the draft CIP shows $125,000 allocated in 2008 and $1.5 million in 2009.

These figures are "broad suggestions" only, Crosson said, as there are no estimates spelled out in the Morrison report.

Other proposed Rec Center improvements for next year include fencing renovation; tennis and pickleball court lighting; and 18-hole miniature golf course replacement.

In the Water Department, proposals include work on the Fire Station #1 tank, purchase of leak detection data loggers, work on pressure reducing valves and purchase of a crawler dozer. Improvements to Well #2 are slated for 2008.

In the Roads Department, proposals include chip-and-seal and contracted asphalt work and purchase of two concrete storage bunkers. Hawk Drive repair has been moved back to 2011.

"We put a patch on it and think that it will hold up," Crosson said. He added the district is "shifting away" from paving roads with chip-and-seal with a goal of asphalting as funds become available.

A plan to pave the Barn parking lot, which has been in the five-year CIP in the past, has been removed indefinitely.

"There is too much need for other road repairs," Crosson said.

Three improvements under the Pro Shops include cart path improvement at the Clubhouse, improvements to restrooms and continued work on the driving range for the second year of its three-year development plan.

Other improvements include rehabilitation of the restroom/showers at the campground and styrofoam replacement at the marina. Addition of 24 new boat slips is slated for 2008.

Proposed equipment purchases from the Equipment Reserve Fund include a backhoe and mower in the Water Department; a 3/4 ton pickup in Roads; a remounted rescue box on the Fire Department rescue truck; a greens sprayer, greens mower and pickup in 18-hole Golf Maintenance; a fairway mower and maintenance cart replacement in 9-hole Golf Maintenance; and a transportation van for the Rec Center.

Crosson cautioned property owners to keep in mind these are proposals only -- the Board may revise the draft CIP, taking into consideration comments and opinions expressed at Monday night's forum.

The Board holds several intensive budget meetings each fall and usually takes the budget through several drafts before reaching a final agreement. Monday's meeting marks the beginning of such planning.

"I think our master plan, which has evolved over the last several years, continues to help us know what our work needs are," Crosson said. "Everything is following along in terms of that."

The meeting this Monday, Sept. 26, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive. The public is invited and encouraged to bring capital requests.

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