On July 29th the Mayor and the Trustees of Erie held a State of the Town meeting open to the public and it was a great turnout. Attendees were informed of the bright future in store for the town and what a great bunch of people working diligently to truly make Erie the next place to call home!
Topics that were discussed at this meeting ranged from the Erie Airport to new Urban Level Development followed by a Q and A session that nearly every attendee chimed in on.
As a resident of Erie and an active member in the community, I felt it was truly necessary to know what the future holds for the town. Growing up in a small town, its difficult to see too many changes that can make that small town, bigger, and often times less desirable to the residents, but I have to commend the Mayor and the Trustees for their diligent efforts to make Erie a hub for residents as well as commercial growth as well as maintaining a "small town" feel and community.
Some notes that I took are as follows:
Community Park Update: Currently under construction and will run to the adjacent areas to the East and North of the Erie Community Center. This is the last capital improvement before the next elections and the park is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2010.
Public Relations: Numerous Surveys were conducted by the Ayers PR firm to study the perceptions of the town and how to better understand and target those misconceptions (if applicable). The Town of Erie wants to see how others perceive Erie and use those results to create a marketing campaign about the town.
Trails Systems: This topic was a hot button for many active, outdoors lovers. The trails systems surrounding Erie are expanding and the town is working on getting many communities connected to the town itself.
Trustees are working hard to get more transportation to and from Erie from the Northern Colorado area. This will include changes to I-25 and Hwy 287. $733,000 of stimulus funds are being used to complete bike lanes from the heart of Erie out to I-25 to eventually allow for less commuter car traffic and allow residents to bus and/or lightrail from Erie to Denver. For more information click here to see the town's progress.
Urban Development has also been a highly discussed topic around town. The location for this is tentatively South of Thomas Reservoir. At this current time, it has been accepted but it's just a matter of when the housing market will allow for construction to commence.
I look forward to hearing about all the updates on these matters and hope that this was a resource for those of you looking at Erie as your new community!