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This is great news. 1 month ago
Thanks for covering the story. My name is Rick Owens, Chairman of the HRMD board. I am responding as an individual, and not on behalf of the entire board. Some of the details are complicated, and were provided to the paper by multiple sources and could use some clarification. I will try to add some color, to the best of my understanding:
1. The fence replacement program is part of a comprehensive repair and replacement program for significant District assets. We have called it the "Major Repair Fund", and it is something HRMD has in place for amenities we know someday will require replacement and should plan for in advance. The topic of this article, the fence program, replaces fence that has reached the end of its cost effective maintenance life cycle. It is actually in year seven of what we anticipate to be at least a 25-year $17M program. HRMD always extend our assets as long as they can be. Some of the community fence was more than 30 years old, and anything installed will age, so planning for replacement is fiscally prudent.
2. The most recent $1.3M segment, which will be completed in the next six weeks, represents three years’ worth of necessary replacements, which HRMD and the contractor negotiated - to a very good discount. We work with contractors to obtain the most value for constituent investments, and maximize the ROI.
3. Dividing the current $17M program estimate by 25 years and 30,000 households, it comes out around $23 per home per year to fund 100% of the fence cost, IF we funded the Major Repair Fund directly from each household.
4. To this point, the Major Repair Fund, which has paid for the fence replacement program, has been funded primarily by cell site revenues, not tax funds. The district has worked with cell providers and Xcel, in a mutually beneficial and creative manner to provide cell services for our citizens across Highlands ranch and allow HRMD to collect revenues from cell phone providers for installing equipment in district landscaped areas. By working with XCEL, we have been able to minimize any "eye sore' impact of huge cell towers, and embed the antenna in light poles in many areas.
5. The major repair fund also pays for park equipment and other major assets of the community.
Thanks again for covering this story, and allowing me to add to the content.
9 months ago