Town of Frederick News

Posted on: December 29, 2017

Frederick Announces Top 10 in ‘17

Safe Routes to School Grant

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, the Town of Frederick staff rounded up the biggest achievements that propelled the community forward this year. We hope you enjoy this list, as voted on by Town of Frederick staff.

10. First Ever Town Arborist – For the first time in town history, we have an arborist on staff! Public Works Lead, Sarah Troy, passed her arborist test in November and will now be able to evaluate the condition of the town’s trees and make recommendations for their care. She will also be able to choose appropriate trees for specific locations and ensure proper planting.

9. Streetlight Upgrades to LED – Frederick Power & Light has been working hard to upgrade streetlights throughout town to more efficient LEDs, starting with arterials such as Tipple Parkway, Frederick Way and Colorado Blvd. LED uses as much as 80% less energy to operate and produces more light. They are also more directional which creates less light pollution.

8. Time Capsule – At the dedication of Frederick’s entryway this June, Frederick buried its first-ever time capsule. It included items from area agencies, some resident-suggested items and other surprises from town staff. Hopefully it will give future residents an idea of 2017 life in Frederick as well as a look at Frederick’s history when they open it at Frederick’s bicentennial celebration in 2107.

7. Police Department Grants – Frederick PD was busy writing grants in 2017, one which resulted in over $20,000 from the office of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for a new use-of-force training simulator. The other grant was given by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for a bullet and stab protective vest for K9 Buran worth $2,000.

6. Trail Improvements and Additions – If we learned anything from our Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan, it’s that our community loves its trails! Three new trail segments were added to Frederick’s trail system in 2017 and the well-loved trail around the top of Milavec Lake at Frederick Recreation Area will be resurfaced as soon as the weather cooperates.

5. New Leadership at the Police Department – We said goodbye to a great Chief and hello to a great Chief in 2017! We also appointed a new Commander and two new sergeants to the PD’s leadership team. The best thing about this leadership change is that it was all found within the department, a true testament to the strength and professionalism of the police department.

4. HSIP Grant for I-25/SH 52 Interchange – Frederick partnered up with Dacono to get a Highway Safety Improvement Grant (HSIP) grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. This grant will make the accident-heavy (200 reported in the last five years!) I-25/SH 52 Interchange safer by creating an eastbound acceleration lane from the northbound off-ramp of I-25. The project total is estimated at $484,982 and the grant awarded will cover $436,484. This leaves roughly $50,000 to be split equally between Frederick and Dacono.

3. GFOA Budget Award – Frederick has won awards for its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) in the past. But this year, Frederick’s Finance Department won a GFOA Award for its 2017 budget, the first in town history. In order to win, Frederick had to meet fourteen mandatory criteria in four categories, demonstrating a commitment to effective and quality budget presentation.

2. Tipple Parkway Improvements – Thanks to a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant worth $1.43 million and the economic development impact of Agilent Technologies, another arterial road is now widened and paved. Tipple Parkway (CR 16) also got a new multi-celled box culvert to upgrade the drainage to the 100-year storm capacity.

1. Safe Routes to School Grant – This $303,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation will allow us to build trails to connect our eastern neighborhoods to Thunder Valley K8 and the rest of Downtown Frederick for the first time in the town’s history. The town will match this grant with $250,000 and construction will take place in 2018.

Check out a photo album of the Top 10 in ’17 on the Town’s facebook page.

Top 10 Photo Album
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