Morrison board briefs

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By Deborah Swearingen

Initial budget talks underway

Initial budgets talks in Morrison indicate the town will end 2019 with a budget deficit of more than $533,000 — despite having $3.77 million in its general fund balance.

The Morrison Town Board took a first look at next year’s budget during its Sept. 4 meeting. The initial proposal presented in the board packet estimates the town will bring in approximately $2.51 million while spending about $3 million.

According to a report from Town Manager Kara Winters, revenue is expected to remain consistent or increase in the next year. Taxes and fines and forfeitures remain the primary source of income for the town, accounting for just over $2 million of the town’s expected $2.51 million in revenue.

Morrison has a number of capital projects planned, including the proposed Highway 8 trail. The town expects to supplement $100,000 in grant money for the project with $213,000 of the town’s dollars.

Continued discussions, along with public hearings, are set to continue in the upcoming months before the budget is finalized at the end of 2018.

Log cabin to be refurbished

The exterior of the log cabin at the Morrison Natural History Museum is officially scheduled to be refurbished.

During its Sept. 4 meeting, the Morrison Town Board approved a $53,425 contract with Alpine Log and Timber Finishes Company to complete the work. The Golden-based company will restore dry rot as well as cracked and missing mortar on the south, west and north faces of the cabin. According to documents presented to board, the logs would ultimately need to be replaced if the deterioration was left untreated.

The contract for the work expires Jan. 1.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042.